1,000 protesters occupy Thai Finance Ministry

Anti-government protesters forced their way into Thailand's Finance Ministry.

1,000 protesters occupy Thai Finance Ministry

World Bulletin / News Desk

About 1,000 anti-government demonstrators forced their way into Thailand's Finance Ministry on Monday and protest leaders called for the occupation of government buildings in an escalating bid to topple Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

Anti-government rallies, which began last month, were triggered by a government-backed amnesty bill that could have led to the return of Yingluck's brother, ousted former premier Thaksin Shinawatra, without facing jail time for a 2008 corruption sentence.

Second building

Hundreds of anti-government protesters massed outside Thailand's Public Relations Department, soon after another group of 1,000 protesters occupied theFinance Ministry.

Thailand's Public Relations Department is a branch of the Prime Minister's office and handles official media for the government. It is home to Radio Thailand, which broadcasts official news and information in English and Thai.

A witness said about 400 protesters were outside the building.

Last Mod: 25 Kasım 2013, 11:30
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