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Thai protesters surround National Police headquarters, sever power lines

Thursday, November 28, 2013 - 00:59

Nov. 28 - Anti-government protesters surround Thai National Police headquarters and sever power lines. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Thousands of anti-government protesters surrounded Thai National Police headquarters on Thursday (November 28) urging the police to stand on their side and bring down the government. Some armed with garden scissors cut the power lines of the facility, forcing parts of the headquarters and a police hospital nearby, to resort to back-up generators. Waving flags, blowing whistles and rattling plastic clappers, they made their way down a main street in Bangkok to the building. The anti-government campaign started last month after Yingluck's ruling Puea Thai Party tried to pass an amnesty bill that critics said was designed to absolve her bother, former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, of a 2008 graft conviction. Though the bid to push the amnesty through parliament was dropped, Thaksin's enemies, broadly aligned with Bangkok's royalist civilian and military elite, are now trying to out his sister's government. On Thursday, a police spokesman Piya Uthayo said the "main force" of anti-government protesters in Bangkok was now less than about 15,000, down from at least 100,000 on Sunday (November 24), though the total fluctuates through the day and into the evening. Earlier in the day, Yingluck called on the protesters in a televised address to end their action and enter talks to avoid confrontation. She urged her opponents to agree to join a panel to find a way out of the crisis. Protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban has rebuffed requests for talks, saying the aim of the rallies was to wipe out the "political machine of Thaksin".

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Thai protesters surround National Police headquarters, sever power lines

Thursday, November 28, 2013 - 00:59