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Thailand mass protests persist as Yingluck calls for snap election


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Thailand mass protests persist as Yingluck calls for snap election

Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said on Monday that she would dissolve parliament and call a snap election following weeks of mass protests against her government.

Suthep Thaugsuban, the anti-government protest leader, said that was not good enough and continued to lead a march to Yingluck’s offices at Government House.

Thaugsuban wants to set up a “people’s council” of so-called good people to replace the government, Yingluck said that would be unconstitutional and undemocratic.

Protesters don’t just want Yingluck to go, they want to wipe out the influence of her brother, former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who continues to pull the strings of government from outside the country.

Thaksin fled Thailand in 2008 to avoid a corruption conviction but has remained closely involved with his sister’s government.

The protests were sparked last month by a government bid to introduce an amnesty that would have eased his conviction, leaving him free to return to Thailand without the fear of imprisonment.

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