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Thailand protests over interim government gather force

Thailand protests over interim government gather force
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Protesters in Bangkok fanned out across Thailand’s capital in a largely peaceful demonstration.

There were minor clashes in one part of the city where police fired water cannons and tear gas.

The demonstrations came two days after a court ousted Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra though her party’s caretaker government remains in place.

“We are not the enemy of the police. Our enemy is the Thaksin regime and the Shinawatra family,” protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban told the crowd.

In another part of the city hundreds rallied outside the national state television buildings

New elections are scheduled for July but the protesters want them postponed and reforms introduced to end what they claim is the influence of Yingluck’s brother, former premier Thaksin Shinawatra.

“We will sleep here until we win. I have made it clear to the police and military we will not use force and invade the building,” Thavorn Seniam told reporters.

The anti-government protests came as tens of thousands of supporters of the Shinawatras made their way to Bangkok for a rally on Saturday. They are angered at Yingluck’s ousting and want the interim government to win the July election.