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Thailand opposition urges supporters to block candidate registration for snap poll

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Thailand opposition urges supporters to block candidate registration for snap poll

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An estimated 160,000 anti-government demonstrators turned out for yet another mass protest in Bangkok on Sunday bringing parts of the capital to a halt.

Protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban was the main billing at numerous rallies. He has urged supporters to stop candidates signing up for February’s snap election.

“We disagree with the election. We want the country to be reformed before the election. Therefore, we will go and camp for tonight at the location where the candidates will register when the offices open in the morning,” Thaugsuban told
protesters.

Thailand’s opposition intends to boycott the poll to prevent Premier Yingluck Shinawatra from renewing her mandate.

Sunday’s mass protest was the latest bid by critics of the government to topple her and to oust the Shinawatra dynasty which has dominated Thai politics since 2001.