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Thai protesters descend on government ministries

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 - 01:23

Nov. 26 - Protesters gather at key government ministries in the Thai capital in their campaign to oust Yingluck Shinawatra. Paul Chapman reports.

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These were the scenes outside the Thai Interior Ministry on Tuesday as thousands massed for another day of anti-government protests. About 1, 000 descended on the building in Bangkok threatening to storm it if staff didn't leave. The demonstrators, pushing to oust Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra from power, also marched on the agriculture, transport and tourism ministries. (SOUNDBITE) (Thai) 32-YEAR OLD CHAIWAT BUSABONGPIRAPAT SAYING: "It's not violence (surrounding a government building). It is the right of the people according to the constitution that we have the right to express our feelings." (SOUNDBITE) (Thai) 54-YEAR OLD TAWEEWAN SAYING: "We have a bad leader who never thinks about righteousness but a leader who thinks about her own benefits." About 1, 000 more protesters filled a courtyard outside the Finance Ministry. Some had spent the night there after occupying the offices on Monday. The seizure of government buildings has plunged the country into its worst political uncertainty since the bloody unrest of three years ago. There are fears that violence could erupt this time after tough new security laws were imposed across Bangkok on Monday to control the protests. Yingluck's opponents accuse her of being a puppet for her brother Thaksin who was ousted as Prime Minister in a coup in 2006. He now lives in self-imposed exile but exerts enormous influence over his sister's government.

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Thai protesters descend on government ministries

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 - 01:23