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Defiant Thai protesters besiege government buildings

Published on Feb 17, 2014 3:45 PM
 
Anti-government protesters mix cement to be used for building a wall to block a gate of the Government House during a rally in Bangkok, Feb 17, 2014. Thai opposition demonstrators besieged government offices on Monday, including a compound that has been used as a temporary headquarters by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, in defiance of authorities who have vowed to reclaim key state buildings. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BANGKOK (AFP) - Thai opposition demonstrators besieged government offices on Monday, including a compound that has been used as a temporary headquarters by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, in defiance of authorities who have vowed to reclaim key state buildings.

Angry rice farmers surrounded a defence ministry compound in a Bangkok suburb where Yingluck has held meetings over the last few weeks.

Hundreds of farmers breached the perimetre to the complex, but it was not immediately clear if the premier was inside in the building, which was guarded by security forces.

The farmers, who have not been paid for crops pledged into a controversial state subsidy scheme, vowed to stay until they could speak with Yingluck, but said they would not raid the compound.

 
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