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.
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.
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 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.
Thailand’s Parliament selected Yingluck Shinawatra as the country’s first female leader after her election win last month, clearing the way for the King to endorse the sister of deposed former ruler Thaksin Shinawatra.
Thaksin Shinawatra, deposed as Thai premier in a 2006 coup, said his sister’s seven-month-old government will avoid the same fate due to her good ties with the army and expressed hope he’d return from exile this year.
Yingluck Shinawatra, set to become Thailand’s first female prime minister, announced the formation of a five-party coalition to broaden the mandate she won in elections and head off concerns that violence might erupt over the fate of her exiled brother, ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra.