Antigovernment protests in Bangkok, Thailand over the weekend left three dead and more than one hundred wounded amidst violence throughout the capital. School were closed Monday and the United Nations was forced to close its main office in the city due to safety concerns.
According to the Associated Press, "police over the weekend fought off mobs of rock-throwing protesters armed with petrol bombs." Protesters are acting in the hopes of replacing the popularly elected government under Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. It has been suggested that one of the protests leaders, Suthep Thaugsuban, has the backing of the country's military, which has stepped in and carried out 18 coups in the country over the last eight decades, although the military has maintained that it is neutral during this current period.
According to The New York Times:
Over the past week, protesters have broken down the gates to the army headquarters, cut power to the police headquarters and occupied parts of a large government complex that houses Thailand’s equivalent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Protesters also raided a state-owned telecommunications office, temporarily cutting Internet service to thousands of people on Saturday and shutting down the website of the state carrier, Thai Airways, for several hours.
Despite the death, the government's police force has tried to avoid using deadly force for the most part, opting for tear gas instead. Suthep has supposedly set Tuesday as the next deadline for Yingluck to step down, though the likelihood of that is largely unknown.
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