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Thailand protesters target ruling party headquarters

Posted by Rattana_S On November - 29 - 2013

Thai protesters are set to march on the ruling party headquarters, as anti-government rallies enter day six.

Demonstrators surrounded and occupied official buildings this week in an attempt to shut down the government.

On Thursday, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra urged demonstrators to end the street protests, after surviving a no-confidence vote in parliament.

Security was tightened around the Pheu Thai party headquarters on Friday, according to reports.

“We are deploying two companies of police [around 300 officers] at Pheu Thai party headquarters after they asked for protection,” deputy national police chief Worapong Siewpreecha told AFP news agency.

Protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban, a former opposition politician, has rejected the government’s offer of talks and vowed to force the government to step down.

“We will not let them work anymore,” he said in a speech late on Thursday.

‘No political games’

During the demonstrations, which have been largely peaceful so far, participants have cut the electricity supply to the national police headquarters and forced the evacuation of Thailand’s top crime-fighting agency.

The protesters say Ms Yingluck’s government is controlled by her brother, exiled former leader Thaksin Shinawatra.

Ms Yingluck has invoked special powers allowing curfews and road closures, and police have also ordered the arrest of Mr Suthep – but so far no move has been made to detain him.

In a televised address on Thursday, Ms Yingluck said the protesters should negotiate with the government.

“The government doesn’t want to enter into any political games because we believe it will cause the economy to deteriorate,” she said.

An estimated 100,000 opposition supporters protested in Bangkok on Sunday, although the numbers appear to have dropped significantly during the week.

Some reports expect turnout to rise again over the weekend.

The country is facing its largest protests since 2010, when thousands of “red-shirt” Thaksin supporters occupied key parts of the capital. More than 90 people, mostly civilian protesters, died over the course of the two-month sit-in.

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