Dec. 24 - Anti-government protesters continue to camp outside a Bangkok stadium for a second day, in a bid to stop election candidates registering for the February election. Rough Cut. (No Reporter Narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION). STORY: Several hundred anti-government protesters continued to camp outside a Bangkok stadium on Tuesday (December 24) blocking the entrance so that electoral candidates could not go into the venue to register for the February general election. Protesters, who had stayed overnight in tents did their morning stretching exercises outside the stadium. Yingluck has called a snap election for February 2 to defuse tension but the opposition Democrat Party will boycott the poll and demonstrators are determined to scuttle it. The protesters are led by Suthep Thaugsuban, a former Democrat heavyweight whose campaign is less about policy than ridding politics of the billionaire Shinawatra family. At least nine political parties, including Yingluck's Puea Thai, successfully registered on Monday (December 23) before the venue were blocked by thousands of protesters. Election Commission member Somchai Srisutthiyakorn said the deadline could be extended if not enough candidates had registered, while police threatened jail terms or stiff fines if protesters impeded the process. Police estimated more than 200,000 protesters rallied across the capital on Sunday (December 22) to demand that Yingluck resign. The stalemate is all too familiar after eight years of deadlock broadly between supporters and opponents of Yingluck's brother, Thaksin Shinawatra, a tycoon whose populist political machine has won every election since 2001 with millions of votes from the rural poor in the north and northeast.