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Thailand to deploy 15,000 police, troops for 'shutdown'

Published on Jan 8, 2014 4:49 PM
 
Riot police officers stand behind tear gas canisters and rubber bullets during a demonstration for the media at the Royal Thai Police Sport Club in Bangkok, on Jan 7, 2014. Nearly 15,000 police and soldiers will be deployed in the Thai capital next week for the planned "shutdown" of Bangkok by demonstrators trying to overthrow the government, officials said on Wednesday. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BANGKOK (AFP) - Nearly 15,000 police and soldiers will be deployed in the Thai capital next week for the planned "shutdown" of Bangkok by demonstrators trying to overthrow the government, officials said on Wednesday.

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has called February elections following weeks of opposition street protests. But the demonstrators have vowed to block the vote, which they fear will only prolong the political dominance of her billionaire family.

The protesters say they will occupy the capital from Jan 13 until they win their battle to topple the government.

They plan to set up stages around the city, preventing officials from going to work and cutting off power and water to state buildings.

 
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