Thai riot police, protesters, face each other at government HQ

By REUTERS
February 18, 2014 04:47

 
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BANGKOK - Lines of Thai riot police confronted anti-government protesters blocking the government's headquarters in Bangkok on Tuesday after authorities said they would renew an operation to retake several sites occupied by demonstrators for weeks.

The protesters have been rallying since November in a bid to oust Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, whom they view as a proxy for her elder brother, Thaksin Shinawatra, a former premier toppled in a military coup in 2006.

Bluesky TV, the protest movement's own television channel that broadcasts the fiery speeches of its leader, Suthep Thaugsuban, showed live pictures of ranks of police with shields near Government House in central Bangkok.

Demonstrators were massed a few hundred meters away, the two sides separated by sandbag barriers constructed by the protesters. There were no clashes.

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