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Protesters amass in Thai capital

Monday, January 13, 2014 - 01:19

Jan. 13 - Thousands of anti-government demonstrators gather to shut down Thai government and bring the capital to a halt. Julie Noce reports.

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Protesters in the Thai capital Bangkok have swelled to the tens of thousands for a massive anti-government demonstration. Members and supporters of the country's Democrat Party are marching through the streets to halt traffic and close government offices in an attempt to force out Prime Minister Yinkluck Shinawatra. Here a group of employees from the Ministry of Labour vacate the building. Demonstrators then chain the facility so no one can re-enter. The upheaval is the culmination of weeks of similar protests. Besides Yingluck's ouster, the demonstrators want snap elections originally set for early February to be pushed back to May. Opposition leader Abhisit Vejjajiva said both sides need to compromise to reach a solution. (SOUNDBITE) (Thai) FORMER THAI PRIME MINISTER AND LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION DEMOCRAT PARTY, ABHISIT VEJJAJIVA SAYING: "The first thing that the prime minister (Yingluck Shinawatra) should do is to consider the proposal from the Election Commission. Right now, whatever they (the government) have planned is not working anymore. Every side should turn to each other and find the legal and constitutional way out. All sides could choose a way out that will avoid confrontation and is still in line with the constitution, as well as put reforms in place and an election that everyone can agree upon." So far the demonstrations have been relatively peaceful. Protesters have said they would call off the action if violence escalated into civil war.

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Protesters amass in Thai capital

Monday, January 13, 2014 - 01:19