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Bangkok Shutdown: Protesters target ministries, threaten bourse

Published on Jan 14, 2014 10:47 AM
 
Thai anti-government protesters stand on the back of a pick up truck waving national flags during a rally in Bangkok on Jan 13, 2014. Protesters trying to topple Thailand's government said they would tighten the blockade around ministries on Tuesday and a hardline faction threatened to storm the stock exchange, while many major intersections in the capital Bangkok remained blocked. -- PHOTO: AFP

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Protesters trying to topple Thailand's government said they would tighten the blockade around ministries on Tuesday and a hardline faction threatened to storm the stock exchange, while many major intersections in the capital Bangkok remained blocked.

The turmoil is the latest chapter in an eight-year conflict pitting the Bangkok-based middle class and royalist establishment against the mostly poorer, rural supporters of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and her brother, Thaksin Shinawatra, a former premier who was ousted by the military in 2006.

Many ministries and the central bank were forced to work from back-up offices on Monday after protesters led by Suthep Thaugsuban stopped civil servants getting to work.

"We must surround government buildings, closing them in the morning and leaving in the afternoon," Mr Suthep told supporters late on Monday, urging them to do that every day until Ms Yingluck steps down.

 
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