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Thai protesters rally to try to topple caretaker government

Friday, May 09, 2014 - 01:28

May.9 - Thousands of royalist protesters fan out across Thailand's capital to try to bring down a caretaker government after a court throws Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra out of office and an anti-graft agency indicts her for negligence. Sarah Toms reports.

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Scenes like these are becoming a fixture...antigovernment protests fanning out across the capital Bangkok. They see the ousting of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra for abusing her power as a victory. But that's still not enough. These protesters want the whole of her caretaker government to go. (SOUNDBITE) (Thai) 51 YEAR-OLD UNIDENTIFIED PROTESTER SAYING: "The government has clearly showed that they will continue working as a government. We cannot take this any more that these people will run our country." A protest leader urged supporters to rally outside television stations to prevent them being used by the government. . (SOUNDBITE) (Thai) ANTI-GOVERNMENT PROTEST LEADER SUTHEP THAUGSUBAN SAYING: "All the television stations, do not panic. We have good intentions. We mean no harm. We will be there to be your friends, to protect you. We'll not let the traitors use you as their speakers. That's all." "We are not the enemy (of the police). Our enemy is only the Thaksin regime and the Shinawatra family." They believe Yingluck is controlled by her controversial brother former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who they believe is corrupt. This determined protest movement confronted Yingluck throughout her leadership, paralysing parts of the city and sabotaging an election she called last February. Now demonstrators want to ensure the postponement of a July election, that Yingluck's party's expected to win. But a lot depends on how her supporters -- the redshirts -- are likely to respond. Tens of thousands of them are on their way to Bangkok getting ready to face off against these protesters in another rally on Saturday.

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Thai protesters rally to try to topple caretaker government

Friday, May 09, 2014 - 01:28