Updated – Dec. 3, 1:20 a.m., ET
Tensions have been high in Bangkok for the last ten days as protestors vowed to take over state offices across the nation in a bid to oust Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. After entering the Foreign Ministry and Finance Ministry, anti-government protestors also managed to get inside the army’s headquarters.
The leader of the protests, Suthep Thaungsuban, has also called for civil servants to go on strike Monday and gave Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra a two-day deadline to resign.
However, the Prime Minister has rejected their demands, saying it would be unacceptable under the constitution to do so.
“I don’t know how we can proceed… We don’t know how to make it happen. Right now we don’t see any way to resolve the problem under the constitution. If there is any way I can restore peace I am willing to do it. The government does not have to hold on to power we only want peace.”
Two people were reportedly shot on Monday after one person was shot and killed after clashes broke out between rival protesters in Bangkok over the weekend. The BBC reports the altercation took place when pro-government supporters were on their way to a rally, and were attacked by students – shots were later fired.
He added: “Rubber bullets are being used in one area only and that is the bridge near Government House.”
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BBC News (World)
Tear gas fired in Bangkok - photos of continuing anti-government protests: http://t.co/2mJj8XbRHK
Police using tear gas again against protesters near Government House @OHcrime_ThaiPBS via @RichardBarrow #Bangkok
The were also reports of water cannons being used, which has now been confirmed.
Richard Lloyd Parry
In front of Government House. Lots of tear gas, and some water cannon #Bangkok
Some have also said police are firing water “mixed with tear gas” to try and get rid of the crowds.
Riot police firing water mixed with tear gas at protesters near Metro Police HQ via @news1005fm #Bangkok
The AP reports that Foreign Ministry spokesman Sek Wannamethee explained that a group of protestors forced their way onto the compound’s premises last Monday as part of their demonstrations against Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s administration, but promised not to enter the building.
Following their leader’s instructions, the protestors went inside the Finance Ministry’s rooms (and took photos):
The protests began after the proposition of a controversial political amnesty bill.
The legislation failed to pass in the Senate earlier this month, but fresh protests broke out on Sunday, with more than 150,000 demonstrators taking to the streets of Bangkok, calling for the end of the “Thaksin regime.”
Thirteen different locations were swarmed with protestors, including the army and air force headquarters, and several TV networks.
Outside Bangkok’s Metropolitan Police Bureau, protesters faced off with riot police outfitted with tear gas and a water cannon. Although the protesters ripped down a barbed wire barricade, they did not continue further.
However, the number of protestors has decreased as the weeks have gone on. There are reportedly far less demonstrators on the streets now as compared with the 100,000 plus that were in Bangkok when the protests started on Sunday:
The Straits Times
PICTURES: Thai anti-government protesters stage major rally in #Bangkok http://t.co/VWMHvoqOFE
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