BANGKOK: Thousands of Thai opposition protesters marched through Bangkok on Sunday to demand the prime minister step down, in a “warm-up” for their planned occupation of the city.
The demonstrators, who are seeking to curb the political dominance of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s billionaire family, say they will “shut down” Bangkok from January 13.
They have vowed to set up protest stages around the capital, prevent government officials from going to work and to cut off power and water to government offices as well as to the residences of the prime minister and her cabinet.
Yingluck has called elections for February but the protesters have vowed to block the vote, which they fear will only return the Shinawatra clan to power.
The protesters marched through the city’s historic district on Sunday in an attempt to build support for the occupation attempt, with similar action planned for Tuesday and Thursday. “It is our first march of the year to kick things off for the shut down,” said a spokeswoman for the anti-government movement, Anchalee Paireerak.
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