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Thai protesters turn in SIM cards seen linked to PM's family

Published on Feb 22, 2014 4:30 PM
 
Protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban (centre) gestures to his supporters as he arrives at a Defence Ministry compound in north Bangkok, which is serving as a temporary office for Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, Feb 19, 2014. Some Thai anti-government protesters followed the advice of their leader on Saturday, Feb 22, 2014, shunning products of firms linked to the family of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and handing back cellphone SIM cards. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

BANGKOK (REUTERS) - Some Thai anti-government protesters followed the advice of their leader on Saturday, shunning products of firms linked to the family of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and handing back cellphone SIM cards.

The protesters have blocked main Bangkok intersections with tents, tyres and sandbags, seeking to unseat Ms Yingluck and halt the influence of her billionaire brother, Thaksin Shinawatra, an ousted former premier regarded by many as the real power behind the government.

This week, they targeted businesses linked, or once linked, to the Shinawatra family, sending stock prices tumbling and on Saturday some answered protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban's call to return their SIM cards belonging to mobile phone company Advanced Info Service (AIS).

The company promptly sent a text message to clients saying it no longer had any connection with the Shinawatra family.

 
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