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Thailand government forced to call general elections in Thailand

Issue No. 2383

The government in Thailand has called a general election for 2 February following mass protests.

Around 150,000 protesters targeted government headquarters on Monday of this week.

Protesters demanded that prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra resign before the election. She has refused to do so.

The protests are couched in the language of democracy but are reactionary. So protesters say that they want to replace the government with a “People’s Council”—but this would be unelected.

The protests are mostly made up of middle class royalists. Protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban has called for the “restoration of an absolute monarchy”.

He said protests will continue.

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