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Protesters Try To Block Thai Elections

Friday, January 31, 2014

There’s supposed to be an election in Thailand on Sunday, but today, demonstrators blockaded buildings where the ballots are stored.

Anti-government protesters have been out in the streets for three months, calling for the elections to be delayed. They believe the ruling party and Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra will easily be re-elected.

The protesters want the government replaced by an unelected “people’s council” they hope would reform Thailand’s political system.

The BBC’s Jonathan Head joins Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson from Bangkok to discuss the situation in Thailand, which he calls “very tense.”

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