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Thai protesters return to streets as pro-govt forces up the ante

Published on Mar 24, 2014 2:53 PM
 
People shout slogans as they gather with others during a rally demanding their votes to be respected, while protesting against the court's ruling in central of Bangkok, March 21, 2014. Anti-government demonstrators in Thailand resumed street protests on Monday, March 24, 2014, after lying low for weeks, piling pressure on increasingly beleaguered Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, who is expected to face impeachment within days. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

BANGKOK (REUTERS) - Anti-government demonstrators in Thailand resumed street protests on Monday after lying low for weeks, piling pressure on increasingly beleaguered Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, who is expected to face impeachment within days.

Her opponents were emboldened by a Constitutional Court decision on Friday to nullify last month's election, delaying the formation of a new administration and leaving Yingluck in charge of a caretaker government with limited powers.

Yingluck's opponents first took to the streets in late November. Twenty-three people were killed and hundreds wounded in the political violence before the protests began to subside earlier this month. But the court ruling appears to have given a second wind to the agitation.

The protests are the latest instalment of an eight-year political battle broadly pitting the Bangkok middle class and royalist establishment against the mostly rural supporters of Yingluck and her billionaire brother, former premier Thaksin Shinawatra, who was ousted in a 2006 coup.

 
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