Thailand: Clashes as government compromise is rejected

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Amid fresh clashes between anti-government protesters and police in Bangkok, special security measures have been extended for a further two months.

Demonstrators have again tried to stop the registration of candidates for Thailand’s early election in February. They tried to storm a sports stadium in the capital where the registration was taking place.

Protest leaders oppose the poll, demanding a so-called “people’s council” be set up instead to reform the political system.

Yet, determined to press ahead with an election her party is almost certain to win, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has come up with her own Reform Council proposal.

In a televised speech, she insisted it would be independent but would operate under an elected government not an appointed one.

Protesters, who dismiss Yingluck as a puppet of her self-exiled brother Thaksin, Thailand’s ex-leader, ousted in a military coup seven years ago, immediately rejected her compromise offer.