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Debris and rubble litter Bangkok streets as dawn breaks in Thailand

Source: Reuters - Tue, 3 Dec 2013 02:18 AM
Author: Reuters
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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION).

STORY: The streets of Bangkok are littered with debris the morning after a round of violent protests as Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said she would "open every door" to find a peaceful solution to a political crisis.

The violence is the latest twist in a conflict pitting Bangkok's middle class and royalist elite against the mostly poor, rural supporters of Yingluck and her brother, Thaksin Shinawatra, a populist former prime minister who was ousted in a military coup in 2006 and lives in self-imposed exile.

Yingluck told a news conference that police would not use force but the national security chief said rubber bullets were being used as protesters threatened to advance on Yingluck's office, the focal point of the demonstrations since the weekend.

Yingluck said government offices were open as normal and many ministries appeared to be functioning. The Commerce Ministry released inflation data as planned. Protesters still occupy the Finance Minister and a government agency complex.

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