Published On: Thu, May 15th, 2014

Protesters cause PM to flee in Thailand

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Protesters seeking to oust Thailand’s government broke into the grounds of an air force compound on Thursday where the acting prime minister was meeting the Election Commission to fix a date for new polls, forcing him to flee.The disruption of acting Prime Minister Niwatthamrong Boonsongphaisan’s efforts to organise an election came hours after gunmen attacked anti-government protesters, killing three.The turmoil comes as the government loyal to ousted former premier Thaksin Shinawatra squares off with opponents backed by the royalist establishment over who should be prime minister, in the latest phase of nearly a decade of rivalry.Hundreds of protesters converged outside an air force school in north Bangkok after word spread that Niwatthamrong was meeting commission officials there. They had put off talks at another venue the previous day because of security fears.”We are here to tell Niwatthamrong that there is no point standing in our way,” Chumpol Jumsai, a leader of the anti-government protesters, told the crowd from on top of a truck shortly before hundreds of protesters evaded police and streamed through a side entrance of the compound.Commission member Somchai Srisutthiyakorn said the meeting was being abandoned and Niwatthamrong was leaving. “We will have to meet another day,” he said.

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Protesters cause PM to flee in Thailand