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Opposition protesters wave national flags during a demonstration in Bangkok on Wednesday.— PHOTO: AFP
Opposition protesters wave national flags during a demonstration in Bangkok on Wednesday.— PHOTO: AFP

Protesters vowing to topple Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra took to the streets for a fourth straight day on Wednesday, declaring they would take over “every ministry” of the government. The brash threat is the biggest challenge yet to the embattled premier’s administration, raising fears of fresh political violence.

Protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban, who resigned as an opposition lawmaker to lead the demonstrations, led more than 5,000 people out of the Finance Ministry, which has been shut and occupied by mobs since Monday.

Police have issued an arrest warrant for Suthep, but there appeared to be no attempt to detain him. Authorities had said they would not arrest him while he rallied at the ministry as part of a pledge to avoid clashes with protesters.

In a speech on Tuesday, Suthep announced his movement’s goal is to replace the government with a non-elected council. — AP


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