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Bangkok Shutdown: Police lie low as protesters occupy the city

Published on Jan 14, 2014 1:35 PM
 
Thai anti-government protesters sit on Silom buisness district intersection during a rally in Bangkok on Jan 13, 2014. In a twist to a peculiarly Thai protest, police have almost deserted the streets during a new round of mass rallies aiming to topple Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and curb the political dominance of her brother, former premier Thaksin. -- PHOTO: AFP 

BANGKOK (AFP) - At an abandoned police post by a key intersection occupied by anti-government protesters in the Thai capital, rally guard Ton had no doubt who was in charge of security.

"We're in control of the city now," he said.

In a twist to a peculiarly Thai protest, police have almost deserted the streets during a new round of mass rallies aiming to topple Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and curb the political dominance of her brother, former premier Thaksin.

"We're providing the security for the protests, not the police," said 25-year-old volunteer Ton, a tattoo snaking out from under his collar.

 
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