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Thai prime minister extends security act to calm protesters

Monday, Nov 25, 2013 - 01:16

Nov. 25 - After protesters storm several government buildings in Bangkok, the Thai prime minister orders curfews and checkpoints. Nathan Frandino reports.

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As the occupation of government buildings in Thailand enters night, the prime minister is extending the country's Internal Security Act. This comes after protesters forced their way into the Finance, Foreign Affairs and Public Relations ministries. Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra says the security act, which includes curfews and checkpoints, is to maintain peace and security for the people. (SOUNDBITE) (Thai) PRIME MINISTER YINGLUCK SHINAWATRA SAYING: "I have insisted that the government will not use violence against the people. We'll proceed according to the international standard." The protesters accuse Yingluck of being a puppet for her brother, former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. Thaksin was ousted in a 2006 military coup and convicted two years later of corruption. He lives in self-imposed exile and not in prison. Protesters say they are treated unfairly by the government. (SOUNDBITE) (Thai) SOMCHAI KAOKAM, ANTI-GOVERNMENT PROTESTER SAYING: "I have to pay a fine when I go through a red traffic light, but she is the leader of this country and she doesn't respect the law, then why do we need to have laws at all?" Yingluck faces a no-confidence vote Tuesday that she'll likely pass given her party's majority in parliament.

Thai prime minister extends security act to calm protesters

Monday, Nov 25, 2013 - 01:16

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