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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

Anti-government protesters walk through a street during a rally in Bangkok, Thailand Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. Thailand's main opposition party petitioned a court to annul last weekend's disrupted national election, launching a legal challenge that could prolong the deeply divided country's political paralysis. (AP Photo/Wason Wanichakorn)

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Anti-government protesters during a rally in Bangkok, Thailand. Thailand’s main opposition party petitioned a court to annul last weekend’s disrupted national election, launching a legal challenge that could prolong the deeply divided country’s political paralysis. Read more

An anti-government protester gestures out of a bus window as he travels to an office for the Land Transportation Department in Nonthaburi province, on the outskirts of Bangkok...An anti-government protester gestures out of a bus window as he travels to an office for the Land Transportation Department in Nonthaburi province, on the outskirts of Bangkok, January 29, 2014. Hundreds of anti-government protesters travelled to the provincial office on Wednesday and demanded employees leave the building and suspend operations.  REUTERS/Nir Elias (THAILAND - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS TRANSPORT)

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An anti-government protester gestures from of a bus window as he travels to an office of the land transportation department in Nonthaburi province, on the outskirts of Bangkok. Hundreds of anti-government protesters travelled to the provincial office on Wednesday and demanded employees leave the building and suspend operations. Read more

An anti-government protester looks on during a rally in Bangkok January 27, 2014. A Thai anti-government protest leader was shot and killed in Bangkok on Sunday when violence erupted as demonstrators blocked early voting in many areas of the capital ahead of a disputed election next week.

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An anti-government protester during a rally in Bangkok, Thailand on Monday. A protest leader was shot and killed in Bangkok on Sunday when violence erupted as demonstrators blocked early voting in many areas of the capital ahead of a disputed election next week.

Employees take pictures though a window as anti-government protesters march through Bangkok's business district...Employees take pictures though a window as anti-government protesters march through Bangkok's business district January 23, 2014. The government declared a 60-day state of emergency from Wednesday hoping to prevent an escalation in protests now in a third month.  REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

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Employees take pictures though a window as anti-government protesters march through Bangkok’s business district on Thursday. The government declared a 60-day state of emergency, hoping to prevent an escalation in protests that have entered their third month. Read more

An anti-government protester carries a flag as her group marches through central Bangkok...An anti-government protester carries a flag as her group marches through central Bangkok January 22, 2014. A pro-government leader was shot and wounded on Wednesday in Thailand's northeast, a stronghold of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, as a state of emergency began in and around the capital Bangkok where protesters are trying to force her to resign. The government issued the 60-day emergency decree late on Tuesday, handing security agencies wide powers to detain suspects, impose a curfew and limit gatherings. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

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An anti-government protester carries a flag as her group marches through central Bangkok. A pro-government leader was shot and wounded on Wednesday in Thailand’s northeast, a stronghold of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, as a state of emergency began in and around the capital Bangkok where protesters are trying to force her to resign. The government issued the 60-day emergency decree late on Tuesday, handing security agencies wide powers to detain suspects, impose a curfew and limit gatherings. Read more

Anti-government protesters help a fellow protester injured in a grenade attack during a rally in Bangkok

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Anti-government protesters help a fellow protester injured in a grenade attack during a rally in Bangkok on Friday

An anti-government protester uses a pair of binoculars during a rally in central Bangkok January 16, 2014. Protesters in Thailand trying to paralyse ministries to force the government to resign said they would target revenue offices on Thursday, but their numbers appeared to be dwindling and ministers say the movement could be running out of steam.

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An anti-government protester uses a pair of binoculars during a rally in central Bangkok, Thailand. The protesters’ aim is to paralyse ministries in order to force the government to resign. Revenue offices were being targeted on Thursday

A Thai anti-government protester wearing...A Thai anti-government protester wearing a T-shirt carrying a picture of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, blows a whistles as he takes part in a march through downtown Bangkok on January 15, 2014.  Two people were wounded in a shooting at an opposition rally in the Thai capital on January 15, authorities said, as protest leaders marched through plush city neighbourhoods in their bid to oust the premier. The demonstrators, backed by the kingdom's royalist establishment, want Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to resign to make way for an unelected "people's council" that would oversee reforms to curb the political dominance of her billionaire brother Thaksin.

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An anti-government protester wearing a T-shirt with a picture of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, blows a whistle as he takes part in a march through downtown Bangkok. Two people were wounded in a shooting at an opposition rally in the capital of Thailand on Tuesday, authorities said.

Anti-government protesters carry national flags as they march though central Bangkok...Anti-government protesters carry national flags as they march though central Bangkok January 14, 2014. Protesters trying to topple Thailand's government moved to tighten the blockade around ministries and other state bodies on Tuesday and a hardline faction threatened to storm the stock exchange, while major intersections in the capital Bangkok remained blocked. REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom

Chaiwat Subprasom/Reuters

Anti-government protesters march though central Bangkok. Protesters trying to topple Thailand’s government moved to tighten the blockade around ministries and other state bodies on Tuesday and a hardline faction threatened to storm the stock exchange, while major intersections in the capital Bangkok remained blocked. Read more