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Thai protesters vow to storm Yingluck's crisis HQ

Published on Feb 19, 2014 1:53 PM
Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra addressing reporters during a press conference at Government House in Bangkok on Nov 28, 2013. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

BANGKOK (AFP) - Defiant Thai opposition protesters threatened to storm Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's crisis headquarters on Wednesday, stepping up their campaign a day after dramatic street clashes left five dead and dozens wounded.

The spike in violence has punctured hopes of an easing of a three-month political standoff in which 16 people have been killed - including both demonstrators and policemen - and hundreds injured in gunfire and grenade blasts.

The backdrop to the unrest is a nearly decade-long political rift between opponents and supporters of Yingluck's brother, fugitive former premier Thaksin Shinawatra, that has unleashed a series of rival street protests.

A convoy of trucks carrying whistle-blowing protesters set off for a defence ministry complex in a Bangkok suburb where Yingluck has held meetings over the last few weeks, after being driven out of her besieged headquarters in the government district.

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