Jan. 9 - Protesters continue drumming up support for an even bigger demonstration when they hope to shutdown the government next week. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
Another round of demonstrations from anti-government protesters in Thailand ahead of a planned massive rally to unseat the government next week. Supporters of the country's Democrat Party gathered early in Bangkok on Thursday and marched from their camp at Democracy Monument. Anti-government protesters trying to topple Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra are drumming up support a planned "shutdown" of the capital on Monday January 13th. Yingluck has called an election for February 2 but the protesters, aware she would probably win on the back of support in the rural north and northeast, want her to step down and be replaced by an appointed "people's council" to push through electoral reforms. The protests took off in November when the government tried to force through a political amnesty bill that would have let former premier Thaksin Shinawatra, Yingluck's brother, return from self-exile without serving jail time for corruption. The turmoil is the latest twist in a conflict pitting Bangkok's middle class and royalist establishment against the mostly rural supporters of Yingluck and Thaksin, who was ousted as prime minister in a military coup in 2006.