• Text size      
  • Send this article to a friend
  • Print this article

Protesters occupy Bangkok as pressure on PM grows

TENS of thousands of anti-government demonstrators have occupied central parts of Thailand's capital, ratcheting up a two-month agitation to force the resignation of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

Police and soldiers maintained a low profile as the "Shutdown Bangkok" drive got under way in the city of about 12 million people. The mood was festive, with many protesters singing and dancing in the streets.

Major intersections that normally teem with cars and trucks were blockaded, but trains and river ferries were operating, most shops were open and motorbikes plied the roads freely.

Protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban said: "Don't ask me how long this occupation will last. We will not stop until we win."

As the blockade began to bite, Ms Yingluck invited the protest leaders and political parties to a meeting tomorrow to discuss an Election Commision proposal to postpone the vote.

But the protesters have rejected any election and want to install an appointed "people's council" to change the electoral system and bring in reforms to weaken the influence of her brother Thaksin Shinawatra's sway.

Political analyst Sukum Nuansakul said: "This won't end easily and the turnout today is impressive, so it seems this deadlock looks set to continue."

Contextual targeting label: 
Local government

Commenting & Moderation

We moderate all comments on HeraldScotland on either a pre-moderated or post-moderated basis.
If you're a relatively new user then your comments will be reviewed before publication and if we know you well and trust you then your comments will be subject to moderation only if other users or the moderators believe you've broken the rules

Moderation is undertaken full-time 9am-6pm on weekdays, and on a part-time basis outwith those hours. Please be patient if your posts are not approved instantly.