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Bangkok protesters block election registration centre

Bangkok protesters block election registration centre
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Anti-government protesters in Bangkok blocked access to an election registration centre on Monday in an attempt to prevent candidates signing up for February’s snap election.

Despite this, some parties managed to register including caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s ruling party.

Election Commission member Somchai Srisutthiyakorn told reporters the process could be extended beyond Friday’s original closing date if not enough candidates had registered.

Police warned protesters they risked jail terms or stiff fines if they impeded the process.

As well as political reform, protesters want to wipe out the influence of Yingluck’s brother, former premier Thaksin Shinawatra. He’s considered the power behind Yingluck, pulling the strings of the Thai government from his base in Dubai.

The head of the protest movement, Suthep Thaugsuban, has vowed to hound Yingluck “until she is dead or until she leaves.”

The protests continue to try and oust the Shinawatra dynasty that has dominated Thai politics since 2001.