Dec. 1 - About 30,000 protesters launch a 'people's coup' on Thailand's government Sunday swarming state agencies in violent clashes. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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About 30,000 protesters launched a "people's coup" on Thailand's government on Sunday, swarming state agencies in violent clashes, taking control of a state broadcaster and forcing the prime minister to flee a police compound.
But after a day of skirmishes between protesters hurling stones and petrol bombs against riot police firing back with teargas, the demonstrators failed to breach heavily barricaded Government House, office of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.
Hundreds of people continued their protest at Government House into the night.
The government asked Bangkok residents to stay indoors between 10:00pm and 5:00am.
These protests are the biggest since red-shirted supporters of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra paralyzed Bangkok in April-May 2010 in a period of unrest that ended with a military crackdown in which 91 people, mostly Thaksin supporters, were killed.
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