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Thai protesters push again to stop elections

Updated: 2013-12-23 PM 2:27:49 (KST)
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Protestors massed peacefully at several sites across Bangkok Sunday evening as part of ongoing rallies to topple Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and disrupt electoral candidate registrations.
Blowing whistles, the symbol of the weeks-long protests, the crowd waved Thai flags and chanted "Yingluck, get out "
Demonstrators want to oust Yingluck and the influence of her brother Thaksin who protesters accuse of corruption and abuse of power.
Protest leader and former opposition lawmaker Suthep Thaugsuban urged protesters to blockade the city's Democracy Monument to stop candidates from signing up for the election when registration opens on Monday.


"We are going to sleep at the registration venues from tonight. And wherever they are going to relocate the registration venues, we will follow to show our power of disapproval everywhere."

He told supporters that forcing Yingluck from office is necessary to purge corruption and money politics, demanding political reforms before any new election.
Earlier in the weekend, Yingluck formally proposed a plan for making political reforms, which includes having candidates take an oath to support the creation of a reform council and having the council's representatives come from all walks of life at local and national levels.
Sohn Jung-in, Arirang News.


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