Thailand protests spread

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Photo: AFP
Photo: AFP

Thai political protests spread outside the capital Wednesday as opposition demonstrators predicted a victory within days in their bid to overthrow Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's crisis-hit government.

Raucous, whistle-blowing crowds have besieged government buildings to challenge Yingluck and her brother, ousted premier Thaksin Shinawatra, in the biggest protests since mass street rallies in 2010 that turned deadly.

The turmoil comes as Yingluck's embattled government faces a no-confidence motion in parliament introduced by the Democrats, who have not won an elected majority in parliament in about two decades.

Protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban urged protesters to march Wednesday on a large office complex on the northern outskirts of Bangkok that houses a number of government agencies, as the protests spread to several other provinces, including on the island of Phuket, a top destination for foreign tourists, where several hundred protesters massed Wednesday outside a provincial hall.

"We are very upbeat and I think we will win in a few days," the former deputy premier and key opposition figure told reporters. Suthep on Tuesday called for the creation of an unelected administration to run the country, in the clearest indication yet that the demonstrators are seeking to suspend the democratic system.

The no-confidence debate is set to continue in the Thai parliament Wednesday and the ruling Puea Thai party is expected to win the censure vote expected later in the week.AFP

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