Dec. 10 - Thai Prime Minister appeals to protesters to clear the streets and support a snap election, which they have rejected. Michaela Cabrera reports.
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Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra was nearly in tears on Tuesday (December 10) as she pleaded to protesters to clear the streets and support a snap election.
(SOUNDBITE) (Thai) THAI PRIME MINISTER YINGLUCK SHINAWATRA SAYING:
"I'm not senseless. I've always listened to protesters' demands. When they talk about my whole family (to be ousted), I think we (Shinawatra family) are also Thai people. They don't want us to stay in Thailand, do they? Are we (protesters and Yingluck) going to continue living like this? I have backed down to the point where I don't know how to back down any further. I'm asking for justice for myself, thank you."
The weeks-long protests have sometimes turned violent. And on Monday (December 9), protesters rejected Yingluck's call for a general election.
The continue to demand an unelected "people's council".
Such proposal has prompted concern that the democratic process may be abandoned in Thailand.
Yingluck's Puea Thai Party won the last election in 2011 by a landslide, and enjoyed widespread support in Thailand's poorest regions.
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