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Thai ministries shut by protests

Updated: 2013-11-27 06:40
By Agencies in Bangkok, Thailand and Beijing ( China Daily)

Protesters in Thailand forced the closure of several government ministries on Tuesday and said they would take control of state offices nationwide as they seek to oust Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, escalating the biggest challenge she has faced since taking office.

Police issued an arrest warrant for protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban, a former opposition lawmaker, who led the storming of the Finance Ministry a day earlier. But police said Suthep would not be arrested at the rally, as part of a pledge to avoid clashes with protesters.

Protesters say they want Yingluck, who took office in 2011, to step down amid claims her government is controlled by her brother, former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

Thai ministries shut by protests