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Explosive device set off near Thai ex-prime minister’s house

January 15, 2014, 9:32 UTC+3

Gunmen attack protesters’ camp in Bangkok

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BANGKOK, January 15. /ITAR-TASS/. An explosive device was set off in Bangkok’s downtown, near the house of oppositionist Democratic Party’s leader and Thai ex-prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva overnight to Wednesday. According to Bangkok police, nobody was hurt.

The blast destroyed the roof and broke windows in the neighboring house, which belongs to the politician’s father. Police said Vejjajiva and members of his family were not in the house at the instant of the explosion.

In addition, unidentified gunmen attacked with fire a protesters’ camp in one of Bangkok’s districts. Two persons were injured. In one of Thailand’s provinces, a bus used for transferring protesters to the capital was set on fire.

In Thailand’s capital, since the beginning of this week seven key crossroads mainly in the city’s downtown remain blocked. The oppositionists have occupied several governmental buildings. On Tuesday, protesters’ leader Suthep Thaugsuban told his supporters that in the next three days he intended to contribute to stepping up protests. He added that all governmental agencies in Bangkok, as well as personal residencies of acting prime minister and of her deputies would be blocked. “We want to shut off water and power supply to their houses. I advice them to sent away their families somewhere while it is possible,” Thaugsuban said.

He also said that his supporters would “arrest acting Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and her ministers”, if the cabinet does not resign within three days. Earlier, Thaugsuban voiced similar threats and even tried to deliver orders to the police and army, but the law enforcement agencies disregarded the statements of self-proclaimed secretary general of the National Committee for Democratic Reforms that leads manifestations in Bangkok.

The opposition, the ideological core of which is formed from Democratic Party representatives, strives for immediate resignation of acting Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, as well as cancellation of early elections to the country’s National Assembly (parliament). Protesters believe that it is necessary to carry out a political reform in the kingdom before the elections.

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