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Thailand protests spread beyond Bangkok

Thailand protests spread beyond Bangkok
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The protests in Thailand against the government of Yingluck Shinawatra are growing and spreading beyond the capital.

Four more ministries are now surrounded, adding to the five that were shut down yesterday, and the Finance Ministry remains occupied. 2000 staff at Thailand’s FBI, the DSI, had to be evacuated as the building was taken over.

19 provincial administrations have also seen mass demonstrations.

“I think whether we succeed or not is not the most important point. What’s important is that the people in the country came out this time to be understood, to symbolically show what the people want,” said one protester.

The unrest is affecting the country’s financial position. The central bank lopped a quarter percent off interest rates on Wednesday and trimmed growth forecasts to 3% for 2013. Exports fell in October.

In parliament Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra faces a confidence vote on Thursday she is expected to win, but her majority there and the fact her party has won every election since 2001 counts for little in the streets, where her critics are angrier than ever.