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An anti-government protester blows a whistle from behind a barricade near the Interior Ministry building that is being surrounded by fellow protesters, in Bangkok February 5, 2014. Thailand's central bank warned on Wednesday of "substantially increased" risk to economic growth after the weekend's disrupted general election did nothing to restore stability in the politically polarised country. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

An anti-government protester blows a whistle from behind a barricade near the Interior Ministry building that is being surrounded by fellow protesters, in Bangkok February 5, 2014. Thailand's central bank warned on Wednesday of "substantially...more

An anti-government protester blows a whistle from behind a barricade near the Interior Ministry building that is being surrounded by fellow protesters, in Bangkok February 5, 2014. Thailand's central bank warned on Wednesday of "substantially increased" risk to economic growth after the weekend's disrupted general election did nothing to restore stability in the politically polarised country. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
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Anti-government protesters react from behind a barricade near the Interior Ministry building after a group of policemen who came to talk to them left, in Bangkok February 5, 2014. Thailand's central bank warned on Wednesday of "substantially increased" risk to economic growth after the weekend's disrupted general election did nothing to restore stability in the politically polarised country. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

Anti-government protesters react from behind a barricade near the Interior Ministry building after a group of policemen who came to talk to them left, in Bangkok February 5, 2014. Thailand's central bank warned on Wednesday of "substantially...more

Anti-government protesters react from behind a barricade near the Interior Ministry building after a group of policemen who came to talk to them left, in Bangkok February 5, 2014. Thailand's central bank warned on Wednesday of "substantially increased" risk to economic growth after the weekend's disrupted general election did nothing to restore stability in the politically polarised country. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
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Anti-government protesters travel on a pick-up truck near the Interior Ministry building, which is being surrounded by fellow protesters, in Bangkok February 5, 2014. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

Anti-government protesters travel on a pick-up truck near the Interior Ministry building, which is being surrounded by fellow protesters, in Bangkok February 5, 2014. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

Anti-government protesters travel on a pick-up truck near the Interior Ministry building, which is being surrounded by fellow protesters, in Bangkok February 5, 2014. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
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Anti-government protesters travel on a pick-up truck near the Interior Ministry building, which is being surrounded by fellow protesters, in Bangkok February 5, 2014. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

Anti-government protesters travel on a pick-up truck near the Interior Ministry building, which is being surrounded by fellow protesters, in Bangkok February 5, 2014. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

Anti-government protesters travel on a pick-up truck near the Interior Ministry building, which is being surrounded by fellow protesters, in Bangkok February 5, 2014. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
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Anti-government protesters travel atop a bus near the Interior Ministry building that is being surrounded by fellow protesters in Bangkok February 5, 2014. Thailand's central bank warned on Wednesday of "substantially increased" risk to economic growth after the weekend's disrupted general election did nothing to restore stability in the politically polarised country. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

Anti-government protesters travel atop a bus near the Interior Ministry building that is being surrounded by fellow protesters in Bangkok February 5, 2014. Thailand's central bank warned on Wednesday of "substantially increased" risk to economic...more

Anti-government protesters travel atop a bus near the Interior Ministry building that is being surrounded by fellow protesters in Bangkok February 5, 2014. Thailand's central bank warned on Wednesday of "substantially increased" risk to economic growth after the weekend's disrupted general election did nothing to restore stability in the politically polarised country. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
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A sign indicating the closure of a main touristic road can be seen next to barricades of anti-government protesters near a main stage of the protest in Bangkok February 5, 2014. Thailand's anti-government protests, now in their third month, have taken a heavy toll on tourism in the bustling capital Bangkok, but sparked an upturn in arrivals at beach and mountain resorts, officials say. REUTERS/Nir Elias

A sign indicating the closure of a main touristic road can be seen next to barricades of anti-government protesters near a main stage of the protest in Bangkok February 5, 2014. Thailand's anti-government protests, now in their third month, have...more

A sign indicating the closure of a main touristic road can be seen next to barricades of anti-government protesters near a main stage of the protest in Bangkok February 5, 2014. Thailand's anti-government protests, now in their third month, have taken a heavy toll on tourism in the bustling capital Bangkok, but sparked an upturn in arrivals at beach and mountain resorts, officials say. REUTERS/Nir Elias
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Anti-government protesters look out from gaps in a fabric partition at their camp near the Interior Ministry building, as police officers arrive to talk to them, in Bangkok February 5, 2014. Thailand's central bank warned on Wednesday of "substantially increased" risk to economic growth after the weekend's disrupted general election did nothing to restore stability in the politically polarised country. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

Anti-government protesters look out from gaps in a fabric partition at their camp near the Interior Ministry building, as police officers arrive to talk to them, in Bangkok February 5, 2014. Thailand's central bank warned on Wednesday of...more

Anti-government protesters look out from gaps in a fabric partition at their camp near the Interior Ministry building, as police officers arrive to talk to them, in Bangkok February 5, 2014. Thailand's central bank warned on Wednesday of "substantially increased" risk to economic growth after the weekend's disrupted general election did nothing to restore stability in the politically polarised country. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
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Anti-government protesters travel on a bus near the Interior Ministry building, which is being surrounded by fellow protesters, in Bangkok February 5, 2014. Thailand's central bank warned on Wednesday of "substantially increased" risk to economic growth after the weekend's disrupted general election did nothing to restore stability in the politically polarised country. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

Anti-government protesters travel on a bus near the Interior Ministry building, which is being surrounded by fellow protesters, in Bangkok February 5, 2014. Thailand's central bank warned on Wednesday of "substantially increased" risk to economic...more

Anti-government protesters travel on a bus near the Interior Ministry building, which is being surrounded by fellow protesters, in Bangkok February 5, 2014. Thailand's central bank warned on Wednesday of "substantially increased" risk to economic growth after the weekend's disrupted general election did nothing to restore stability in the politically polarised country. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
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A girl speaks on the phone as a woman waits for transportation outside the Interior Ministry building that anti-government protesters keep surrounded in Bangkok February 5, 2014. Thailand's central bank warned on Wednesday of "substantially increased" risk to economic growth after the weekend's disrupted general election did nothing to restore stability in the politically polarised country. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

A girl speaks on the phone as a woman waits for transportation outside the Interior Ministry building that anti-government protesters keep surrounded in Bangkok February 5, 2014. Thailand's central bank warned on Wednesday of "substantially...more

A girl speaks on the phone as a woman waits for transportation outside the Interior Ministry building that anti-government protesters keep surrounded in Bangkok February 5, 2014. Thailand's central bank warned on Wednesday of "substantially increased" risk to economic growth after the weekend's disrupted general election did nothing to restore stability in the politically polarised country. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
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A security guard checks the bag of a woman at the entrance to the Dusit Thani hotel next to where a main stage of the anti-government protesters is located in central Bangkok February 5, 2014. Thailand's anti-government protests, now in their third month, have taken a heavy toll on tourism in the bustling capital Bangkok, but sparked an upturn in arrivals at beach and mountain resorts, officials say. REUTERS/Nir Elias

A security guard checks the bag of a woman at the entrance to the Dusit Thani hotel next to where a main stage of the anti-government protesters is located in central Bangkok February 5, 2014. Thailand's anti-government protests, now in their third...more

A security guard checks the bag of a woman at the entrance to the Dusit Thani hotel next to where a main stage of the anti-government protesters is located in central Bangkok February 5, 2014. Thailand's anti-government protests, now in their third month, have taken a heavy toll on tourism in the bustling capital Bangkok, but sparked an upturn in arrivals at beach and mountain resorts, officials say. REUTERS/Nir Elias
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Security guards check a car at the entrance to the Dusit Thani hotel next to where a main stage of the anti-government protesters is located in central Bangkok February 5, 2014. Thailand's anti-government protests, now in their third month, have taken a heavy toll on tourism in the bustling capital Bangkok, but sparked an upturn in arrivals at beach and mountain resorts, officials say. REUTERS/Nir Elias

Security guards check a car at the entrance to the Dusit Thani hotel next to where a main stage of the anti-government protesters is located in central Bangkok February 5, 2014. Thailand's anti-government protests, now in their third month, have...more

Security guards check a car at the entrance to the Dusit Thani hotel next to where a main stage of the anti-government protesters is located in central Bangkok February 5, 2014. Thailand's anti-government protests, now in their third month, have taken a heavy toll on tourism in the bustling capital Bangkok, but sparked an upturn in arrivals at beach and mountain resorts, officials say. REUTERS/Nir Elias
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Thai soldiers stand guard behind a barbed wire barricade at the office of the Permanent Secretary of Defense in Bangkok February 5, 2014. REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom

Thai soldiers stand guard behind a barbed wire barricade at the office of the Permanent Secretary of Defense in Bangkok February 5, 2014. REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom

Thai soldiers stand guard behind a barbed wire barricade at the office of the Permanent Secretary of Defense in Bangkok February 5, 2014. REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom
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Thai soldiers stand guard behind a barbed wire barricade at the office of the Permanent Secretary of Defence in Bangkok February 5, 2014. REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom

Thai soldiers stand guard behind a barbed wire barricade at the office of the Permanent Secretary of Defence in Bangkok February 5, 2014. REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom

Thai soldiers stand guard behind a barbed wire barricade at the office of the Permanent Secretary of Defence in Bangkok February 5, 2014. REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom
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