Bangkok protesters cripple key ministries

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Thai anti government1After occupying the finance and foreign ministries as well as the public relations department of the government in Bangkok on November 25, thousands of protesters in the Thai capital marched into the Agriculture, Tourism and Transport ministries and were attempting to occupy the Interior Ministry on November 26.

The protesters blocked all entrance and exit gates and called on people working in the ministry not to cooperate with the government and to return home immediately. Some showed sympathy with the crowd, whose representatives said that they would stay outside the ministry overnight and would cut off electricity and water to the public buildings in the evening.

Police made no immediate move to oust them despite heavy presence. “Our national-security service is now monitoring the protest, and we are trying to handle the protesters without any violence,” Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said.

The protesters are aiming at nothing less than a “people`s revolution”, calling on the government to step down, resolve the parliament and hold early elections.

The Thai Criminal Court approved an arrest warrant on November 26 for protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban for the occupation of the government ministries as part of efforts to topple the government.

Meanwhile, the private sector – among them the Federation of Thai Industries, the Thai Chamber of Commerce and the Thai Bankers Association, wants all parties concerned “to work together to settle conflicts”, urging peaceful talks to prevent anti-government protests from turning violent. The government should consider dissolving the Lower House and calling for a fresh general election given the extent of ongoing political unrest, since this would empower the public, the industry federation’s vice chairman said.

An on-site inspection by Investvine on November 26 showed that the protesters were quite dispersed over the city where they tried to block ministries. Around the Democracy Monument and on Ratchadamnoen Nok avenue a few 1,000 anit-government protesters held out in the afternoon rain, while in Rajamangala Stadium pro-government Red Shirts continued to gather.

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After occupying the finance and foreign ministries as well as the public relations department of the government in Bangkok on November 25, thousands of protesters in the Thai capital marched into the Agriculture, Tourism and Transport ministries and were attempting to occupy the Interior Ministry on November 26.

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Thai anti government1After occupying the finance and foreign ministries as well as the public relations department of the government in Bangkok on November 25, thousands of protesters in the Thai capital marched into the Agriculture, Tourism and Transport ministries and were attempting to occupy the Interior Ministry on November 26.

The protesters blocked all entrance and exit gates and called on people working in the ministry not to cooperate with the government and to return home immediately. Some showed sympathy with the crowd, whose representatives said that they would stay outside the ministry overnight and would cut off electricity and water to the public buildings in the evening.

Police made no immediate move to oust them despite heavy presence. “Our national-security service is now monitoring the protest, and we are trying to handle the protesters without any violence,” Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said.

The protesters are aiming at nothing less than a “people`s revolution”, calling on the government to step down, resolve the parliament and hold early elections.

The Thai Criminal Court approved an arrest warrant on November 26 for protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban for the occupation of the government ministries as part of efforts to topple the government.

Meanwhile, the private sector – among them the Federation of Thai Industries, the Thai Chamber of Commerce and the Thai Bankers Association, wants all parties concerned “to work together to settle conflicts”, urging peaceful talks to prevent anti-government protests from turning violent. The government should consider dissolving the Lower House and calling for a fresh general election given the extent of ongoing political unrest, since this would empower the public, the industry federation’s vice chairman said.

An on-site inspection by Investvine on November 26 showed that the protesters were quite dispersed over the city where they tried to block ministries. Around the Democracy Monument and on Ratchadamnoen Nok avenue a few 1,000 anit-government protesters held out in the afternoon rain, while in Rajamangala Stadium pro-government Red Shirts continued to gather.

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