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Thai protesters seeking to topple PM clash again with police

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Thai protesters seeking to topple PM clash again with police


Night falls in Bangkok with no end to the anti-government protests despite a meeting between the opposition leader and the prime minister.

Suthep Thaugsuban said no agreement had been reached with Prime Minister Yingluck Shinwatra to end the protests and occupations of public buildings.

The day had started with attempts to unseat the government in what the demonstrators had declared “V day” of what they called a “people’s coup”.

Protesters entered TV stations with Thaugsuban appearing on one calling for a general strike on Monday. But plans to occupy other government buildings were thwarted and violence flared.

One senior government official said they hadn’t seized a single place. Hospitals confirmed 46 people were injured in Sunday’s violent clashes.

Tear gas and water cannon forced back those who had tried to enter Government House while the police headquarters were also defended.

The government urged people in Bangkok to stay indoors from 10 pm to 5 am.

The opposition are calling for a national strike on Monday as part of their campaign to oust Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra who they claim is a puppet for her brother Thaksin, Thailand’s exiled former leader who was ousted in a military coup seven years ago.

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