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Thai army chief cautions nation may 'collapse' as violence escalates

Published on Feb 24, 2014 7:36 PM
 
Anti-government protesters lock the gates of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with chains and seal it with glue during a demonstration in Bangkok, on Feb 24, 2014. Thailand's army chief warned on Monday, Feb 24, 2014, the country risks "collapse" unless it pulls back from escalating violence after attacks in recent days left three children dead in the kingdom's worst political unrest since 2010. -- PHOTO: AFP

BANGKOK (AFP) - Thailand's army chief warned on Monday the country risks "collapse" unless it pulls back from escalating violence after attacks in recent days left three children dead in the kingdom's worst political unrest since 2010.

Twenty-one people have now been killed and more than 700 wounded in violence linked to almost four months of anti-government demonstrations.

Protesters want to unseat Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and dilute the influence on Thai politics of her billionaire brother Thaksin, a former premier who lives in exile to avoid jail in Thailand for corruption.

A brother and sister, aged four and six respectively, and a 59-year-old woman died after a grenade attack on Sunday afternoon on a busy Bangkok shopping district.

 
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