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Thai PM refuses to go, protests continue

Thai PM refuses to go, protests continue
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Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra says she will not resign. In an emotional speech she pleaded with protesters to go home and and try to achieve what they want through the electoral system. Yingluck has called an early general election for February 2.

But protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban remains defiant. He’s given Tingluck 24 hours to step down.

The demonstrators claim Yingluck’s government is controlled by her brother, ousted leader Thaskin Shinawatra.

The protesters want to oust Yingluck and eradicate the influence of Thaksin. He was toppled by the military seven years ago and has chosen to live in exile rather than serve a jail term.

The protests was sparked by a government bid to introduce an amnesty that would have cancelled his conviction for fraud.

The crowd could swell again on Tuesday, a public holiday in Thailand.