Thai protesters capture army HQ in countrywide anti-government protests

 Edited time: November 29, 2013 11:19                                                                             
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Some 1,500 anti-government protesters in Bangkok have broken into the compound of the Royal Thai Army headquarters in their bid to topple the current government. The largely non-violent action could escalate, police say.

“We want to know which side the army stands on,” shouted  one protester, according to Reuters.

The protesters gathered at the compound’s front gates, forcing  them open and flooding the premises, as they  demanded for  the head of the country’s armed forces  generals to choose  whether they stand with the people or with the government of PM  Yingluck Shinawatra. This took place while 100 soldiers stood  guard.

Furthermore, the Bangkok police now fears that the situation  could indeed escalate into a violent confrontation.

“We have received intelligence reports that there could be  violence tonight and tomorrow… we are increasing security  around key government and royal buildings.” They said in a  statement.

Although Thailand’s military has been publicly supported by the  ruling party, it has remained largely on the sidelines of the  current conflict.

Army deputy spokesman and Colonel Winthai Suvaree has expressed  the wish that “all sides… solve the problem with the  country’s best interests in mind.”

Elsewhere in the capital, about a 1,000 people seeking to oust  Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra gathered outside the  headquarters of her ruling part, shouting for them step  down.

In the last few days, protesting crowds have taken over several  ministerial buildings and cut power at the Royal Thai Police  Force headquarters.

The opposition advancement saw little response from government’s  security forces so far, with PM Yingluck calling on the  protesters to commence negotiations.

“The government does not want confrontation and is ready to  cooperate with everybody to find a solution,” she said in a  televised address on Thursday.

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