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Thai opposition blocks city halls in three cities

November 27, 2013, 11:03 UTC+3

One of the protesters’ leaders said that they would try to occupy the main ministries in Bangkok or paralyze their work

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BANGKOK, November 27. /ITAR-TASS/. The wave of protest in Thailand has extended beyond Bangkok. According to police, the opposition seeking the government’s resignation has blocked the city halls of Trang, Songkhla and Satun in the same province. All of them are tourist resort areas of the country.

The opposition prepares to carry out a large-scale protest action in the capital and outside it. One of the protesters’ leaders, Suthep Thaugsuban stated that they would try to occupy the main ministries in Bangkok or to paralyze their work. According to media reports, several ministries and other state agencies have already announced days off work for their employees or tried to move to other offices.

Two weeks ago, Thaugsuban stepped down as deputy of Thailand’s National Assembly and Deputy Chairman of the oppositionist Democratic party in order to head the protest movement.

Bangkok court has issued on Tuesday a warrant to arrest him, however, the opposition leader remains at large. Law enforcement authorities believe that he was the one who urged on Monday to occupy the building of the Finance Ministry that remains captured by the oppositionists up to date. In addition, in early December Thaugsuban will come up for trial facing charges of incitement to murder. According to the state prosecution, in 2010, while he was Prime Minister’s aide, Thaugsuban ordered the troops to break up a protest rally in the streets of Bangkok. As a result, 92 people were killed and about 2,000 were injured.

The authorities do not apply force against the protesters but they prepare claims.

Rally participants oppose Thai government’s bonds with former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. The stagers of the march believe the former PM continues to rule the country behind the scenes, despite the fact that he was forced into exile and settled abroad. Shinawatra was ousted in a military coup in 2006 and later sentenced in absentia to two years in prison for abuse of office.

The Thai government is now headed by his younger sister, Yingluck Shinawatra, and an absolute majority in the parliament has the Pheu Thai Party that does not conceal its support for the Shinawatra family.

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