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Scenes of a carnival atmosphere as thousands of people rally in Thailand's capital in a bid to overthrow the government.
Last updated: 14 Jan 2014 09:18
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Scores of Thai citizens took the streets of Bangkok on Monday in another huge show of force aimed at ousting the government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, the sister of controversial former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, himself ousted in a 2006 military coup. 

With the intention of shutting down Bangkok, the anti-government protesters marched through the city centre, blocking key road junctions in a bid to bring the Thai capital to a standstill. Thailand's former Vice-Prime Minister, Suthep Thaugsuban, a sworn enemy of the Shinawatra clan and the leader of the People's Democratic Reform Committee that organised the protests, led marchers through the city, accepting donations from supporters along the way.

The protests were largely peaceful, but the threat of violence between the protesters and pro-government supporters loomed large over the day's events. Many observers also fear the military may yet intervene, as the army has a history of staging coups, and is a crucial political stakeholder in the country. 

The protests started in November, when the Yingluck government tried to pass an amnesty bill in parliament. The bill would likely have meant a pardon for her brother Thaksin, who has been in self-imposed exile in Dubai since 2008, facing two years in prison on corruption charges at home. The bill was dropped by the Senate, but the protesters are now bent on overthrowing what they call the "Thaksin regime", in a political environment which is becoming increasingly polarised and volatile.


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Anti-government protesters gather at the Democracy Monument in Bangkok, before embarking on a march through the city centre - the first salvo in a planned 20-day "shutdown" of the Thai capital, starting Monday.



/Vincenzo Floramo/Al Jazeera

Protesters depart from Democracy Monument in western Bangkok, near the city's most significant royal and government buildings.



/Vincenzo Floramo/Al Jazeera

Tens of thousands of protesters calling for the ousting of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's government gathered at Asoke interchange in downtown Bangkok on Monday afternoon.



/Vincenzo Floramo/Al Jazeera

Suthep Thaugsuban, leader of the anti-government People's Democratic Reform Committee, leads a crowd of demonstrators on a march through central Bangkok on Monday.



/Vincenzo Floramo/Al Jazeera

Supporters of the anti-government People's Democratic Reform Committee offer donations to leader Suthep Thaugsuban as he leads a march calling for the ousting of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's government on Monday.



/Vincenzo Floramo/Al Jazeera

Anti-government protesters cheer on marchers from an elevated walkway along Sukhumvit Road in Bangkok's Pathum Wan shopping district on Monday.



/Vincenzo Floramo/Al Jazeera

Anti-government protesters swarm the front of the Central World shopping centre at Ratchaprasong Intersection in central Bangkok on Monday.



/Vincenzo Floramo/Al Jazeera

The demonstrations attracted a significant contingent of Muslims, disaffected by policies enacted by both Yingluck and her brother in Thailand's restive south.



/Vincenzo Floramo/Al Jazeera

Thousands of protesters clogged major road junctions across Bangkok on Monday, the first of 20 days of planned disruptions demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's government.



/Vincenzo Floramo/Al Jazeera

With many of Bangkok's arterial roads clogged by protesters, public transport, especially the elevated Skytrain and underground metro, was more crowded than usual.



/Vincenzo Floramo/Al Jazeera
The protest stage at Asoke in Central Bangkok on Monday played host to a number of musical performances and speeches by politicans and business leaders.


/Vicenzo Floramo/Al Jazeera

Monday's demonstrations took on a carnival atmosphere. Vendors hawked "shutdown" paraphernalia; demonstrators enjoyed musical performances and took part in rousing chants.



/Vincenzo Floramo/Al Jazeera

Suthep Thaugsuban, the charismatic leader of the opposition People's Democratic Reform Committee, addresses a thousands-strong crowd at Asoke in central Bangkok on Monday.



/Vincenzo Floramo/Al Jazeera

Thailand's anti-government protest movement enjoys widespread support among upper and middle class urban Thais, although not exclusively.




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Anti-government protesters gather at the Democracy Monument in Bangkok, before embarking on a march through the city centre - the first salvo in a planned 20-day "shutdown" of the Thai capital, starting Monday.

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Protesters depart from Democracy Monument in western Bangkok, near the city(***)s most significant royal and government buildings.

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Tens of thousands of protesters calling for the ousting of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra(***)s government gathered at Asoke interchange in downtown Bangkok on Monday afternoon.

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Suthep Thaugsuban, leader of the anti-government People(***)s Democratic Reform Committee, leads a crowd of demonstrators on a march through central Bangkok on Monday.

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Supporters of the anti-government People(***)s Democratic Reform Committee offer donations to leader Suthep Thaugsuban as he leads a march calling for the ousting of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra(***)s government on Monday.

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Anti-government protesters cheer on marchers from an elevated walkway along Sukhumvit Road in Bangkok(***)s Pathum Wan shopping district on Monday.

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Anti-government protesters swarm the front of the Central World shopping centre at Ratchaprasong Intersection in central Bangkok on Monday.

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The demonstrations attracted a significant contingent of Muslims, disaffected by policies enacted by both Yingluck and her brother in Thailand(***)s restive south.

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Thousands of protesters clogged major road junctions across Bangkok on Monday, the first of 20 days of planned disruptions demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra(***)s government.

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With many of Bangkok(***)s arterial roads clogged by protesters, public transport, especially the elevated Skytrain and underground metro, was more crowded than usual.

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Monday(***)s demonstrations took on a carnival atmosphere. Vendors hawked "shutdown" paraphernalia; demonstrators enjoyed musical performances and took part in rousing chants.

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Suthep Thaugsuban, the charismatic leader of the opposition People(***)s Democratic Reform Committee, addresses a thousands-strong crowd at Asoke in central Bangkok on Monday.

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Thailand(***)s anti-government protest movement enjoys widespread support among upper and middle class urban Thais, although not exclusively.

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Anti government protestors gather at Democracy Monument in Bangkok before embarking on a march through the city centre, the first salvo in a planned 20 day 'shutdown' of the Thai capital starting Monday.

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Anti government protestors gather at Democracy Monument in Bangkok before embarking on a march through the city centre, the first salvo in a planned 20 day 'shutdown' of the Thai capital starting Monday.

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Suthep Thaugsuban, leader of the anti governement People's Democratic Reform Committee, leads a crowd of demonstrators on a march through central Bangkok on Monday.

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Suthep Thaugsuban, leader of the anti governement People's Democratic Reform Committee, leads a crowd of demonstrators on a march through central Bangkok on Monday.

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Supporters of the anti government People's Democratic Reform Committee offer donations to leader Suthep Thaugsuban as he leads a march calling for the ouster of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's government on Monday.

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Supporters of the anti government People's Democratic Reform Committee offer donations to leader Suthep Thaugsuban as he leads a march calling for the ouster of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's government on Monday.

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Anti government protestors cheer marchers from an elevated walkway along Sukhumvit Road in Bangkok's tony Pathum Wan shopping district on Monday.

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Anti government protestors cheer marchers from an elevated walkway along Sukhumvit Road in Bangkok's tony Pathum Wan shopping district on Monday.

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Anti government protestors swarm the front of Central World mall at Ratchaprasong Intersection in central Bangkok on Monday.

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Anti government protestors swarm the front of Central World mall at Ratchaprasong Intersection in central Bangkok on Monday.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/BKK_Shutdown/slideshow/no-caption/71c392add95337d306d242c3518c3eedThe demonstrations attracted a significant contingent of Muslims, disaffected by policies enacted by both Yingluck and her brother in Thailand's restive south.http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/BKK_Shutdown/slideshow/no-caption/71c392add95337d306d242c3518c3eedVincenzo Floramo/Al Jazeera The demonstrations attracted a significant contingent of Muslims, disaffected by policies enacted by both Yingluck and her brother in Thailand's restive south. http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/BKK_Shutdown/slideshow/no-caption/91e20edc0989d92222f8007e708c107dThousands of protestors clogged major intersections across Bangkok on Monday, the first of 20 days of planned disruptions demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's government.http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/BKK_Shutdown/slideshow/no-caption/91e20edc0989d92222f8007e708c107dVincenzo Floramo/Al Jazeera Thousands of protestors clogged major intersections across Bangkok on Monday, the first of 20 days of planned disruptions demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's government. http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/BKK_Shutdown/slideshow/no-caption/764b45bc4a4944a5a0741f2a764e897b

With many of Bangkok's arterial roads clogged by protestors, public transport , especially the elevated Skytrain and underground metro , was more crowded than usual.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/BKK_Shutdown/slideshow/no-caption/764b45bc4a4944a5a0741f2a764e897bVincenzo Floramo/Al Jazeera

With many of Bangkok's arterial roads clogged by protestors, public transport , especially the elevated Skytrain and underground metro , was more crowded than usual.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/BKK_Shutdown/slideshow/no-caption/dcceb489b90cddb7b39c92d0787b5e95The protest stage at Asoke in Central Bangkok on Monday played host to a number of musical performances and speeches by politicans and business leaders.http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/BKK_Shutdown/slideshow/no-caption/dcceb489b90cddb7b39c92d0787b5e95Vincenzo Floramo/Al Jazeera The protest stage at Asoke in Central Bangkok on Monday played host to a number of musical performances and speeches by politicans and business leaders. http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/BKK_Shutdown/slideshow/no-caption/f2efc83e1633ae354abf39c209e032cd

Monday's demonstrations took on a carnivalesque atmosphere. Vendors hawked 'shutdown' paraphernalia; demonstrators enjoyed musical performances and took part in rousing chants.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/BKK_Shutdown/slideshow/no-caption/f2efc83e1633ae354abf39c209e032cdVicenzo Floramo/Al Jazeera

Monday's demonstrations took on a carnivalesque atmosphere. Vendors hawked 'shutdown' paraphernalia; demonstrators enjoyed musical performances and took part in rousing chants.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/BKK_Shutdown/slideshow/no-caption/1711a2645d2fc15a9d53cc1d025e0d86

Suthep Thaugsuban, the charismatic leader of the opposition People's Democratic Reform Committee, addresses a thousands strong crowd at Asoke in central Bangkok on Monday.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/BKK_Shutdown/slideshow/no-caption/1711a2645d2fc15a9d53cc1d025e0d86Vincenzo Floramo/Al Jazeera

Suthep Thaugsuban, the charismatic leader of the opposition People's Democratic Reform Committee, addresses a thousands strong crowd at Asoke in central Bangkok on Monday.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/BKK_Shutdown/slideshow/no-caption/88b73b5acb8f756bd6d757de79e9a1e4

Thailand's anti government protest movement enjoys widespread support among upper and middle class urban Thais, although not exclusively.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/BKK_Shutdown/slideshow/no-caption/88b73b5acb8f756bd6d757de79e9a1e4Vincenzo Floramo/Al Jazeera

Thailand's anti government protest movement enjoys widespread support among upper and middle class urban Thais, although not exclusively.



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