Thai Protesters Gather To Shut Down Bangkok

In Bangkok, anti-government protesters gathered at the Democracy Monument on Sunday in what they said is an effort to shut down the city center.

AP Photo/Wason Wanichakorn

The demonstration is part of an ongoing campaign that took off in November to overthrow the government.

AP Photo/Wason Wanichakorn

Eight people have been killed and dozens injured in street violence since the rallies began over two months ago.

Damir Sagolj / Reuters

The protests are related to Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s brother Thaksin, who was ousted in 2006 for corruption and exiled without serving his jail sentence.

AP Photo/Wason Wanichakorn

Protesters believe Thaksin Shinawatra still runs the government from Dubai, where he lives now.

AP Photo/Wason Wanichakorn

One of the main protest leaders is former Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban.

Protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban surrounded by children. Damir Sagolj / Reuters

He said his goal is to eliminate the influence of the Shinawatra family on Thai politics.

Damir Sagolj / Reuters

He organized protesters to build barricades in order to occupy key roads.

Athit Perawongmetha / Reuters

The barricades are also meant to create traffic congestion and chaos in Bangkok, where an estimated 12 million people live.

Traffic is seen being diverted by anti-government protesters. Athit Perawongmetha / Reuters

The Thai government deployed 18,000 police and soldiers because of security concerns and fears of political instability.

Paul Barker / Reuters

At least seven people were injured on Saturday, when unknown gunmen opened fire on demonstrators in Bangkok, the BBC reported.

AP Photo/Apichart Weerawong

Schools are also expected to close for fear of students’ safety.

Nir Elias / Reuters

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has called an election for Feb. 2, which protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban has rejected.

AP Photo /Manish Swarup, File

The PM’s party is expected to win the election because of support in the north and northeast.

Damir Sagolj / Reuters

“The people cannot negotiate … there is no win-win situation, there is only win,” protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban said in a speech to demonstrators on Sunday.

Nir Elias / Reuters

Although, Suthep Thaugsuban said he would stand down before the violence escalates into a civil war.

Athit Perawongmetha / Reuters

In 2010, more than 90 people were killed in a military operation to shut down a demonstration that had closed parts of Bangkok for weeks.

Nir Elias / Reuters

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