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Bangkok Shutdown: Thai opposition protesters attempt Bangkok "shutdown"

Published on Jan 13, 2014 6:18 AM
 
Thai anti-government protesters hold national flags as they start massing behind a fence at one of their designated sites in a move to 'shut down' Bangkok on Jan 12, 2014. Thai anti-government protesters are vowing to "shut down" Bangkok on Monday in an effort to prevent upcoming elections and topple the government as the country's political crisis teeters on the brink of a tumultuous new phase. -- PHOTO: AFP

BANGKOK (AFP) - Thai anti-government protesters are vowing to "shut down" Bangkok on Monday in an effort to prevent upcoming elections and topple the government as the country's political crisis teeters on the brink of a tumultuous new phase.

Opposition demonstrators began massing at sites across the city over the weekend in their latest push to force Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra from office and deal a blow to the power of her divisive brother Thaksin - a former premier ousted in a 2006 coup.

The protesters began blocking major intersections in the capital late Sunday as they looked to ramp up their rallies, in the run up to the February 2 elections which they have set out to disrupt.

They have also vowed to stop officials going to work and cut off power to key state offices as part of the shutdown efforts, which authorities have warned could lead to further bloodshed.

 
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