Reuters - Video

Edition: US | UK | IN | CN | JP

Video

Thai government rejects election delay

Friday, December 27, 2013 - 01:17

Dec. 27 - Thailand's government rejects calls to delay February's election, amid increasingly violent protests in which a policeman has been shot dead. Sarah Toms reports.

▲ Hide Transcript

View Transcript

Thai police collect their empty tear gas cannisters and survey the damage to their vehicles one day after violent protests in the capital. They're gathering evidence after an officer was shot dead. For weeks protesters have taken to the streets, demanding the resignation of Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. They say her government is controlled by her brother the ousted former leader Thaksin, accused of corruption. To defuse the tension Yingluck called for a snap election, scheduled for 2 February. But it did nothing to appease the demonstrators who want to stop the elections and replace the government with an unelected "people's council". (SOUNDBITE) (Thai) UNIDENTIFIED PROTESTER SAYING: "It's okay to postpone the election, I can accept it. And the government should go. They should not be caretaker government anymore. They should not be in politics, because we want Thailand to go forward. And this caretaker government is not legitimate any more." Thursday saw some of the most violent scenes since the latest wave of protests began. The Electoral Commission urged the postponement over safety fears for candidates on the campaign trail. But government officials said there is no legal reason for a delay.

Press CTRL+C (Windows), CMD+C (Mac), or long-press the URL below on your mobile device to copy the code

Thai government rejects election delay

Friday, December 27, 2013 - 01:17