Friday, March 27, 2009

Thai ex-PM adds to calls for gov't to resign

Supporters of fugitive former premier Thaksin Shinawatra and riot police outside Government House in Bangkok. Thailand's prime minister refused Friday to bow to thousands of anti-government protesters surrounding his offices for a second day running to demand his resignation (AFP/Nicolas Asfouri).

BANGKOK, Thailand – Deposed Premier Thaksin Shinawatra demanded Friday that Thailand's government resign, echoing the calls of his supporters who have surrounded the prime minister's office compound for two days.

Thaksin spoke via video link from self-imposed exile, his image broadcast on a giant screen outside Government House, which he occupied for six years until he was ousted in a 2006 coup.An estimated 30,000 ringed the compound Thursday evening, but police said their numbers had dwindled to just several thousand on Friday. More>>

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