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Protesters storm Army headquarters in Bangkok



About 1,000 anti-government protesters stormed the Royal Thai Army headquarters in Bangkok on Friday, as demonstrations continue across the city against Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and her government. Tracey McClure reports: RealAudioMP3

Protesters scrambled over the army compound's gates in Bangkok's historic quarter while hundreds gathered outside Yingluck's ruling party headquarters, calling for her resignation.

The demonstrators have fanned out over five locations in central and northern Bangkok. Earlier this week they forced government employees to close a number of ministerial offices. They have occupied the Finance Ministry since Monday. On Thursday, they rejected calls for dialogue after Yingluck easily won a no confidence vote in parliament.


They accuse her of abusing her party's parliamentary majority to push through laws that cater to the interests of her self-exiled brother and former premier, Thaksin Shinawatra.

Yingluck had governed for two years without a major challenge until last month, when her party tried to ram through an amnesty bill that would have expunged Thaksin's 2008 graft conviction and cleared the way for his political comeback. The Senate rejected it.




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