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Protesters occupy government ministries in Thailand

Protesters occupy government ministries in Thailand
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Opposition protesters have occupied government buildings in Thailand in escalating efforts to force the prime minister from power.

The Finance Ministry was first to fall on day two of Thailand’s biggest demonstrations in years.

Those taking part accuse Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra of being a puppet for her brother Thaksin, the country’s ex-leader.

Ousted in a 2006 military coup and later convicted of corruption, he lives in self-imposed exile.

Yingluck insists she won’t step down and, as night fell and protesters moved into the Foreign Ministry compound, she invoked special security powers in Bangkok.

The demonstrators plan to stay put and Yingluck says force won’t be used to remove them.

Protests by supporters of her brother in 2010, before her election, ended in a military crackdown. More than 90 people were killed.

This latest unrest was sparked by a government-backed amnesty bill that could have seen Thaksin return to Thailand without serving time in prison.

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