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Thai protesters besiege PM's HQ

Updated: 2014-02-20 07:45
By Agencies in Bangkok ( China Daily)

Defiant Thai opposition protesters surrounded Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's crisis headquarters on Wednesday, stepping up their campaign a day after dramatic street clashes left five dead and dozens wounded in Bangkok.

The spike in violence has punctured hopes of an easing of a three-month political standoff in which 16 people have been killed - both demonstrators and policemen - and hundreds injured in gunfire and grenade blasts.

The backdrop to the unrest is a nearly decade-long political rift between opponents and supporters of Yingluck's brother, former premier Thaksin Shinawatra, that has unleashed a series of rival street protests.

Thai protesters besiege PM's HQ