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Bangkok boating lake park becomes new focus of protests

Published on Mar 1, 2014 11:40 AM
Anti-government protesters have lunch amongst tents in Lumpini Park in Bangkok on Feb 25, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

BANGKOK (REUTERS) - A green park in downtown Bangkok was slowly beginning to resemble a tent city on Saturday, a day after anti-government protesters said they would clear camps blocking key intersections and congregate in the park instead.

The protesters have blocked some streets since mid-January in their bid to push out Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and eradicate the influence of her brother, ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra, seen as the real power in Thailand.

The protesters are to move to Lumpini Park, where many already sleep in tents near an established protest stage on the edge of the Silom financial district.

The tents are slowly filling up the park, most under the shade of trees and blue awnings and next to boating lakes, with washing lines strung.

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