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Thai protesters occupy army base

Updated: 2013-11-30 08:15
By Agencies in Bangkok ( China Daily)

About 1,500 anti-government protesters forced their way into the compound of Thailand's army headquarters on Friday, the latest escalation in a demonstration seeking to topple Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

"We want to know which side the army stands on," shouted one protester, as others scrambled over the compound's red iron gates in Bangkok's historic quarter. In another district, about 1,000 gathered outside the prime minister's ruling party headquarters, shouting "Get out, get out".

The invasion of the headquarters deepens a conflict broadly pitting the urban middle class against the mostly rural supporters of Yingluck and her brother Thaksin Shinawatra, a former prime minister who was ousted in a 2006 coup and who remains central to Thailand's eight years of on-off turmoil.

Thai protesters occupy army base