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Protesters camp out in Thai capital

Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - 00:35

Dec. 11 - Thai protesters camp overnight near Government House in Bangkok demanding Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra steps down. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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Hundreds of anti-government protesters woke on Wednesday (December 11) after a night camping out on the streets near Government House, where Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's office is located, in Bangkok. On Tuesday (December 10), Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra pleaded for anti-government protesters to clear the streets after she called for snap elections to be held in February of 2014, but protest leaders said she should step down within 24 hours. Yingluck insisted she would not step down and said she would continue her duties as caretaker prime minister until the election. The number of protesters on the streets dropped on Tuesday to around 6,000 protesters by mid-afternoon, in the historic part of Bangkok around Government House, police said, a far cry from the 160,000 that converged peacefully on the complex on Monday. The protesters, a motley collection aligned with Bangkok's royalist elite, want to oust Yingluck and eradicate the influence of her brother, former premier Thaksin Shinawatra, who was toppled by the military in 2006 and has chosen to live in exile rather than serve a jail term for abuse of power. Thaksin was convicted in absentia of graft in 2008 but he dismissed the charges as politically motivated. He is widely seen as the power behind Yingluck's government, sometimes holding meetings with the cabinet by webcam.

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Protesters camp out in Thai capital

Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - 00:35