Thailand crisis rumbles on... and may be gathering pace
Published on May 9, 2014 1:45 PM
NOT SATISFIED with the fall this week of former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra, anti-government protesters fanned out across Bangkok on Friday morning to lay siege to Government House, and TV stations deemed sympathetic to the government.
People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) leader Suthep Thaugsuban denounced new caretaker Prime Minister Niwatthamrong Boonsongpaisan, a former IBM and Shin Corp executive, as a stooge of Ms Yingluck's billionaire brother Thaksin Shinawatra.
Suthep was in yet another "final push" to force the government out of office, derail another election tentatively set for July 20, and thus create a power vacuum that would pave the way for an appointed government. He led a few thousand supporters to Government House.
They marched in fierce summer heat, to the tune of nationalist songs. PDRC leaders said they intended to set up camps at multiple sites again for sustained protests, after confining themselves to downtown Bangkok's Lumpini Park in recent weeks.
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