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Thai protestors storm Army headquarters

Anti-government demonstrators are seeking help from the Thai military in their on-going efforts to overthrow Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.
Posted By JC Finley   |   Nov. 29, 2013 at 5:10 AM   |   Comments

Nov. 29 (UPI)-- Anti-government demonstrators seeking the ouster of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra stormed Army headquarters today, the latest in a series of public actions by protestors who earlier this week took over the Finance Ministry and breached the Foreign Ministry compound.

A military spokesman reported that the hundreds of protestors who stormed Army headquarters by jumping over the building's front gate today are demanding help in overthrowing the government. There is no additional information yet regarding the military's response.

The protestors' attempt to rally support from the military follows yesterday's failed vote of no confidence against the Prime Minister. On Thursday, the opposition Democrat Party unsurprisingly lost its legislative battle to unseat the Prime Minister in a vote of 134 to the ruling party's majority vote of 297.

Yesterday, protestors also cut power to the police headquarters in Bangkok. Police spokesman Major General Piya Uthayo noted that despite the continued demonstrations, "Their numbers are declining gradually each day." A tally by police that did not include provincial demonstrations estimated that the number of protestors had declined from tens of thousands who earlier this week took over the Finance Ministry to currently about 15,000.

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