Defiant protesters disregard Thai poll, still want PM out
Monday, February 03, 2014 - 01:47
Feb. 3 - Anti-government protesters in Thailand forge ahead with efforts to topple Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, one day after a disrupted election. Sarah Toms reports.
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One day after Thai polls, the ballots have been counted.
A result and turnout has still to be announced but whatever the outcome, this election is unlikely to change anything.
Prime MInister Yingluck Shinawatra is almost certain to return to power but it won't end the country's turmoil.
The main opposition didn't even vote.
And Protesters like these blocked balloting in a fifth of constituencies across the country.
The disruptions means it could be weeks before parliamentary seats are filled, leaving Yingluck a caretaker with no real authority.
But demonstrators remain defiant, saying Yingluck's government is controlled by her brother, Thaksin, a former prime minister who is wanted for corruption.
Led by Suthep Thaugsuban, they have rallied in Bangkok since November when Yingluck tried to pass an amnesty law that would allow her brother to return from exile.
(SOUNDBITE) (Thai) PROTEST LEADER SUTHEP THAUGSUBAN SAYING:
"Thai people were against yesterday's election. We disagree with this unfair and unjust election. They are buying votes. People want reform that is why yesterday's elections saw the largest reduction in voter numbers in Thai history."
Now they're packing up and moving camp...but not because they're giving up. Suthep blames security problems for the move.
And despite appearances, these protesters vow to continue marching until Yingluck resigns and makes way for an unelected people's council to reform the political system..
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