5 Jan 2014

Bangkok march aims to drum up support for city standstill

9:50 pm on 5 January 2014

Anti-government protesters in Thailand are holding a march in Bangkok on Sunday in an attempt to drum up support for their campaign to bring the city to a standstill for a week beginning on Monday.

The march is the first part of their Bangkok Shutdown campaign, designed to force the resignation of the government before the snap election prime minister Yingluck Shinwatra has called next month.

The BBC reports that further protests are planned on Tuesday and Thursday.

The protesters say Ms Yingluck is merely a puppet of her brother, the former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who is in exile.