30 Dec '13, 12pm

Thailand's army moves to allay coup fears

Thailand's army moves to allay coup fears

BANGKOK (REUTERS) - Thailand's powerful but politicised army sought to ease fears on Monday it might step in to resolve a festering political crisis, while anti-government protesters entrenched positions around Bangkok as they seek to disrupt a February election. The latest round of an all-too-familiar political conflict in Thailand has dragged on for weeks. It flared last week into deadly clashes between police and protesters outside a stadium where registration for the Feb 2 poll was under way and at other rally sites around the Thai capital. The head of the military added to the growing sense of unease on Thursday when he refused to rule out a coup after those clashes. A policeman and a protester were killed when an unidentified gunman opened fire, and scores were wounded in the clashes. The demonstrators are determined to topple Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, who ...

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