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Thai anti-government protesters rally outside the national police headquarters in downtown. Gunshots rang out across an upmarket Bangkok shopping district as political violence becomes a near-daily feature of the crisis gripping Thailand.

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Thai anti-government protesters rally outside the national police headquarters in downtown Bangkok. Gunshots rang out across an upmarket Bangkok shopping district as political violence becomes a near-daily feature of the crisis gripping Thailand.

Anti-government protesters wave Thai fla...Anti-government protesters wave Thai flags as they arrive for a rally outside the national police headquarters in Bangkok on February 26, 2014. Thailand faced warnings on February 26 of a slide towards civil war with both the government and army expressing renewed fears for the country's stability as bitter political divisions spill into violence.  AFP PHOTO/Manjunath KIRANManjunath Kiran/AFP/Getty Images

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Anti-government protesters wave Thai flags as they arrive for a rally outside the national police headquarters in Bangkok today.

A Thai anti-government protester reacts during a rally intending to shutdown and force government servants to stop their work at the Ministry of Science and Technology in Bangkok, Thailand, 24 February 2014. Two young Thai girls succumbed to injuries sustained during an attack on anti-government protester over the weekend in eastern Thailand, police and medical officials said. The protests have sparked several clashes with authorities or pro-government militants that have claimed at least 18 lives and left about 700 injured over the last three-and-a-half months, according to government sources.

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A Thai anti-government protester takes part in a rally aimed at forcing government servants to stop their work at the Ministry of Science and Technology in Bangkok, Thailand.

An anti-government protester kisses a police officer during a rally inside a compound of the Thai Royal Police Club in Bangkok February 21, 2014.

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An anti-government protester kisses a police officer during a rally inside the compound of the Thai Royal Police Club in Bangkok on Friday

Soldiers hand out bottles of water to anti-government protesters through a barbed-wire fence at a Defence Ministry compound in north Bangkok...Thai soldiers hand out bottles of water to anti-government protesters through a barbed-wire fence at a Defence Ministry compound serving as a temporary office for Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra in north Bangkok February 19, 2014. Protesters seeking to oust Yingluck rallied at her temporary office on Wednesday, but the premier stayed away from the potential flashpoint a day after five people were killed in gunbattles in Bangkok. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

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Soldiers hand out bottles of water to anti-government protesters through a barbed-wire fence at a Defence Ministry compound serving as a temporary office for Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra in north Bangkok, Thailand. Protesters seeking to oust Yingluck rallied at the office on Wednesday, but the premier stayed away from the potential flashpoint, a day after five people were killed in gun battles in the city. 

Thai riot police officers assist a colleague during clashes with anti-government protesters near Government House in Bangkok...Thai riot police officers assist a colleague after an explosion during clashes with anti-government protesters near Government House in Bangkok February 18, 2014. A Thai police officer was killed and dozens of police and anti-government protesters were wounded in gun battles and clashes in Bangkok on Tuesday, officials and witnesses said. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

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Riot police assist a colleague after an explosion during clashes with anti-government protesters near Government House in Bangkok. A police officer was killed and dozens of police and anti-government protesters were wounded in gun battles and clashes in Bangkok, officials and witnesses said. 

TOPSHOTS An armed policeman observes the demonstration by anti-government protestors near the Government House building in Bangkok on February 14, 2014. Thousands of riot police were deployed in the Thai capital on February 14 to clear areas occupied for weeks by opposition protesters seeking to force Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra from office. AFP PHOTO / Manjunath KIRANManjunath Kiran/AFP/Getty Images

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An armed policeman watches the demonstration by anti-government protesters near the Government House building in Bangkok

Riot police take a rest with their equipment before moving into anti-government encampment near the Government House in central Bangkok...Riot police take a rest with their equipment before moving into anti-government encampment near the Government House in central Bangkok February 14, 2014. Thousands of Thai riot police were deployed on Friday to seize back protest sites around government buildings in Bangkok that have been occupied for months by demonstrators seeking to topple Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.  REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

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Riot police rest on their shields before moving into an anti-government encampment near Government House in Bangkok. Thousands of Thai riot police were deployed to seize protest sites around government buildings in Bangkok that have been occupied for months by demonstrators seeking to topple Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra 

Anti-government protesters aimed at disrupting government offices, block the entrance to the Department of Forestry Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, in Bangkok. Thailand's Constitutional Court has rejected petitions brought by both the government and main opposition party accusing each other of attempting to overthrow the country's system of government during recent elections.

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Anti-government protesters block the entrance of the department of forestry in Bangkok, Thailand. Thailand’s constitutional court has rejected petitions brought by both the government and main opposition party accusing each other of attempting to overthrow the country’s system of government during recent elections.

A rice farmer reacts to speeches during a protest demanding payment of a rice subsidy program from the government outside the Permanent Secretary for Defense in Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, Feb. 10, 2014. An ambitious rice buying program that Thailand's ruling party hoped would uplift millions of its poor rural supporters may end up helping to bring down the increasingly cornered government.

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A rice farmer reacts to speeches during a protest demanding payment of a rice subsidy from the government outside the office of the permanent secretary for defense in Bangkok, Thailand. The ambitious rice-buying programme was intended by Thailand’s ruling party to uplift millions of its poor rural supporters