Thailand protesters throng ministries to topple Yingluck Shinawatra govt
Tens of thousands of protesters stormed into the government ministries, demanding the PM to resign, reports said Tuesday.
Zee Media Bureau
Bangkok: Alleging that the Thailand government was being run by PM Yingluck Shinawatra’s brother and the former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, tens of thousands of protesters stormed into the government ministries, demanding the PM to resign, reports said Tuesday.
After thousands of angry protesters barged into the Foreign and Finance Ministries yesterday, today Thailand`s Interior Ministry was on the target as over 3000 people waving flags thronged the ministry, upping the ante against the PM.
Urging the protesters to calm down, the PM said, "Everybody must obey the law and not use mob rule to upstage the rule of law”.
The protesters were defying an emergency security law that was invoked by Yingluck Shinawatra yesterday in large parts of Bangkok and surrounding areas to tackle the swarming rallies.
The Internal Security Act authorizes officials to seal off roads, take action against security threats, impose curfews and ban the use of electronic devices in designated areas. Peaceful rallies are allowed under the law.
At the centre of the protests is a controversial political amnesty bill that people say will enable the ousted ex-PM Thaksin Shinawatra to come back to Thailand without serving a jail sentence for corruption.
Thaksin Shinawatra was ousted in a military coup in 2006 for alleged corruption. On Sunday, more than 150,000 demonstrators took to Bangkok’s streets in the largest rally Thailand has seen in years, uniting against what they call the “Thaksin regime.”
The incursions into the finance and foreign ministries were the boldest acts yet in opposition-led protests that started last month. They highlighted the movement’s new strategy of paralyzing the government by forcing civil servants to stop working.
The opposition Democrat Party, which is spearheading the protests and has lost to Thaksin-backed parties in every election since 2001, also plans to challenge the government Tuesday with a parliamentary no-confidence debate.
Protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban led the crowd at the Finance Ministry on a day when protesters fanned out to 13 locations across Bangkok, snarling traffic and raising concerns of violence in the country’s ongoing political crisis, which has revolved around Thaksin for years.
Protesters sang, danced and blew noisy whistles in the hallways as part of their “whistle-blowing” campaign against the government. One group cut power at the Budget Bureau to pressure the agency to stop funding government projects.
With Agency Inputs