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Anti-government demonstrations in Thailand climax as protestors take over Finance Ministry

Opposition to Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's government mounted today in Bangkok as 100,000 demonstrators took to the streets, overtook one Ministry, and attempted to overtake another.
Posted By JC Finley   |   Nov. 25, 2013 at 11:15 AM   |   Comments

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Nov. 25 (UPI) -- Demonstrations against the Thai government continued on Monday as protestors overtook the Finance Ministry and entered the grounds of the Foreign Ministry.

The Thai government has instituted the Internal Security Act to impose curfews and close roads.

Protestors occupied Thailand's Ministry of Finance on Monday during a rally by members of the Network of Students and People for Thailand's Reform (NSPTR). Protestors also entered the grounds of the Foreign Ministry.

Anti-government protests, led by the opposition Democrat Party, have been on-going for several weeks. On Monday, 100,000 demonstrators took to the streets in Bangkok to protest Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's government, whom protestors claim acts as "a puppet" of her brother, ousted former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

In October, the Lower House of Parliament passed an amnesty bill that was perceived by many as a way for Thaksin, who had fled Thailand to avoid a jail term, to return to Thailand. Opposition mounted and public pressure forced the Thai Senate to reject the bill in November.

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