25 Nov 2013

Anti-govt protesters on the streets again in Bangkok

8:52 pm on 25 November 2013

Thai capital Bangkok is facing more disruption as about 100,000 anti-government protesters fan out to different parts of the city as Thailand faces its most significant political street action since 2010.

The protesters want Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to step down. They say her government is controlled by her older brother, ousted former leader Thaksin Shinawatra, the BBC reports.

The ABC says the protests, led by the opposition Democrat Party, recall those in April and May 2010, when red-shirted supporters of Thaksin Shinawatra paralysed the capital.

About 40,000 pro-government Red Shirts also rallied on Sunday in a show of support for Yingluck Shinawatra.

There have been 18 actual or attempted coups since it became a constitutional monarchy in 1932.