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Thai protesters disrupt candidates

Updated: 2013-12-24 07:16
By Anusak Konglang in Bangkok ( China Daily)

Thai opposition protesters stepped up their campaign to disrupt upcoming elections on Monday, trying to block candidate registrations as part of efforts to banish Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and her family from politics.

The main opposition Democrat Party, which has not won an elected majority in parliament in two decades, has vowed to boycott the Feb 2 snap election called by Yingluck following weeks of street rallies against her.

It is the latest chapter in a years-old political crisis, which broadly pits a Bangkok-based elite against mostly rural and poor supporters of Yingluck and her brother Thaksin Shinawatra, a divisive former premier who was ousted in a coup in 2006.

Thai protesters disrupt candidates