Thousands Protest Thai Government

    Thai anti-government protesters shout slogans during a rally in front of the police headquarters in Bangkok on January 15, 2014. Two people were wounded in a shooting at an opposition rally in the Thai capital on January 15, authorities said, as protest leaders marched through plush city neighbourhoods in their bid to oust the premier. The demonstrators, backed by the kingdom's royalist establishment, want Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to resign to make way for an unelected "people's council" that would oversee reforms to curb the political dominance of her billionaire brother Thaksin.       AFP PHOTO/PORNCHAI KITTIWONGSAKUL        (Photo credit should read PORNCHAI KITTIWONGSAKUL/AFP/Getty Images)

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    More than 170,000 people in Bangkok protested the Thai government’s upcoming elections, demanding that Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra step down and be replaced by an unelected “people’s counsel.” While the protests, dubbed Bangkok Shutdown, started peacefully this week, two people were shot and wounded Tuesday night, and an explosive device was thrown at an opposition leader’s house. Elections are to be held February 2.

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