Thailand’s government is preparing to deploy 20,000 security personnel to counter a plan by protesters to create traffic chaos in central Bangkok in a push to force Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra from office.
Thai protesters said they will seize Bangkok’s police headquarters today after failing to secure the facility yesterday, signaling their month-long effort to oust Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra may be losing momentum.
Suthep Thaugsuban, leader of anti- government demonstrations in Thailand, called for a nationwide rally to try to topple Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, escalating his confrontation with the administration.
Former Thai Premier Thaksin Shinawatra said his sister’s government will avoid conflicts like those that led to his ouster in a 2006 coup, even as it presses ahead with efforts to curb the power of the courts.
Thai protesters besieged government ministries in Bangkok and urged civil servants to join a push to oust Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and dismantle the network of her brother, former premier Thaksin Shinawatra.
Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra plans to win back confidence in her 12-week-old government with a reconstruction package after Bangkok residents blamed her for an inadequate response to the country’s worst floods since 1942.