Thousands of Protesters Gather in ThaiвЂ™s BangkokWorld | April 8, 2009, Wednesday // 10:09| views
Tens of thousands of protesters have gathered in the Thai capital, Bangkok, in a fresh bid to force Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva resign.
Around 30 000 red-clad supporters of former premier, Thaksin Shinawatra, had gathered outside the main government offices in the capital, where demonstrators have been staging a sit-in for the last two weeks. The protesters are mainly supporters of the former premier, who was deposed in a 2006 coup and faces jail if he returns from exile.
The protest comes a day after Abhisit's motorcade was attacked following a cabinet meeting in the resort town of Pattaya. As protesters gathered, Abhisit said he would not dissolve parliament.
The demonstrators, from the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD), claim Abhisit came to power illegally, and accuse the current government of being a puppet of the military.
Abhisit's government is preparing to host leaders of 16 Asian nations from 10-12 April. An earlier summit of the Association of South East Asian Nations had to be postponed due to the political protests which helped usher Abhisit into power.
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