Thai opposition protesters prepare for 'final showdown'
BANGKOK (AFP) - Thailand's strife-hit capital is bracing on Monday for fresh opposition protests described as "judgement day" by demonstrators seeking to overthrow the embattled premier, despite her offer of early elections.
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has faced more than a month of rallies by demonstrators, sometimes numbering in their tens of thousands, who want to suspend the country's democracy in favour of an unelected "People's Council".
Thai opposition lawmakers resigned en masse from parliament Sunday, deepening the kingdom's political crisis.
The protesters are united in their loathing for Yingluck's brother Thaksin Shinawatra, a billionaire telecoms tycoon turned populist politician who was ousted by royalist generals in a coup seven years ago.