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Bangkok Shutdown: Thai opposition protesters threaten to capture PM Yingluck

Published on Jan 14, 2014 7:34 PM
 
Thai anti-government protesters wave national flags outside the customs department during ongoing rallies in Bangkok on Tuesday, Jan 14, 2014. Thai opposition protesters occupying central Bangkok threatened on Tuesday to take the prime minister captive and close down all government offices in an increasingly bold bid to force her from office. -- PHOTO: AFP

BANGKOK (AFP) - Thai opposition protesters occupying central Bangkok threatened on Tuesday to take the prime minister captive and close down all government offices in an increasingly bold bid to force her from office.

While well known for their blustery rhetoric, the belligerent tone reflects an air of impunity surrounding rally leaders who travel freely around the city despite warrants for their arrest for their role in civil unrest that has left eight dead and hundreds injured.

The protesters, backed by the kingdom's royalist establishment, want Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to resign to make way for an unelected "people's council" that would oversee reforms to curb the political dominance of her billionaire family.

Her supporters say the rallies are a threat to the country's fragile democracy and want the dispute to be settled at the ballot box but the opposition is boycotting a Feb 2 election.

 
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