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Anti-government protesters link their arms as they get ready to attack a police barricade near the Government house in Bangkok November 25, 2013. About 1,000 anti-government demonstrators forced their way into Thailand's Finance Ministry on Monday and protest leaders called for the occupation of other government buildings in an escalating bid to topple Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

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Anti-government protesters link arms as they get ready to attack a police barricade near Government House in Bangkok, in an escalating wave of unrest against Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra

Pro-government rally in Bangkok ...epa03956347 Red Shirt protesters shout slogans in support for the current government during a mass rally at Rajamangala stadium in Bangkok, Thailand, 19 November 2013. Thousands of Red Shirt protesters to gather in Bangkok for two days to show support for Thailand's Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's government, while there are still thousands of anti-government protesters rally against a controversial amnesty bill, in downtown Bangkok. The legislation would pardon all politically related crimes, including corruption, committed between 2004 and 2013, but is widely seen as benefiting fugitive former premier Thaksin Shinawatra, elder brother of Prime Minister Yingluck. The Red Shirts are avid supporters of fugitive former prime minister Thaksin, who has been living abroad since 2008 to avoid a two-year prison sentence for abuse of power.  EPA/NARONG SANGNAK

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Red Shirt protesters gather at a mass rally in a Bangkok stadium to show their support for Thailand‘s Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s government. Thousands of anti-government protesters, meanwhile, rallied against a controversial amnesty bill in central Bangkok. 

A Thai anti-government protester blows a whistle as she participates in a protest at the Democracy Monument in Bangkok, Thailand. Thai Prime Minister, Yingluck Shinawatra, called for an end to protests against a bill that would provide amnesty for political crimes after the lower house of parliament cancelled further legislation on the issue.

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A protester blows a whistle as she joins an anti-government rally at the Democracy Monument in Bangkok, Thailand. Yingluck Shinawatra, Thailand’s prime minister, called for an end to the protests against a proposed political amnesty bill, which she believes could solve Thailand’s longstanding divisions

A protester against an amnesty bill wears a plastic bag over her head in front of police barricades on the main road near the government and parliament buildings in central Bangkok

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A protester against a controversial amnesty bill wears a plastic bag over her head in front of police barricades near the government and parliament buildings in central Bangkok on Friday

A protester waves a Thai national flag atop a truck at the Democracy Monument in central Bang

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A protester waves a Thai national flag atop a truck at the Democracy Monument in central Bangkok on Monday. Thousands of people took to the streets of the Thai capital to continue a mass protest after lawmakers approved a draft political amnesty bill.

Thai children enjoy play in floodwaters at a buddhist temple in Pathum thani province, north of Bangkok on October 9, 2013. The Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department reported that 27 provinces in Thailand are still flooded and 31 people have died due to the flood.

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Thai children play in floodwaters outside a buddhist temple in Pathum thani province, north of Bangkok, on Wednesday. The Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department reported that 27 provinces in Thailand are still flooded and 31 people have died because of the flood.

An anti-government protester clashes with riot police officers outside the parliament in Bangkok

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An anti-government protester clashes with riot police officers outside the parliament in Bangkok. Thailand’s parliament was due to debate a political amnesty bill on Wednesday as anti-government protesters marched to try to get it scrapped, saying it could let ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra return from exile without having to serve a jail sentence.

Thai riot policemen stand guard behind a barricade outside Government House in preparation for anti-government protests in Bangkok

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Riot police stand guard behind a barricade outside Government House in Bangkok, Thailand, on Monday, ahead of a rally against the government’s proposed national reconciliation bill that, critics say, could whitewash crimes committed by exiled former premier Thaksin Shinawatra, according to local media

Thai Buddhist monks holding lotuses pray in front of Marble Temple during Asalha Bucha in Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, July 22, 2013. Asalha Bucha is commemorating the Buddha's first sermon to followers after attaining enlightenment. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

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Thai Buddhist monks holding lotuses pray in front of the Marble Temple during Asalha Bucha in Bangkok on Monday. Asalha Bucha commemorates Buddha’s first sermon to followers after attaining enlightenment. 

Anti-government protesters wearing a Guy Fawkes and other masks gather in Bangkok's shopping district...Anti-government protesters wearing a Guy Fawkes and other masks gather in Bangkok's shopping district July 21, 2013. Several hundred people gathered for their weekly march through central Bangkok to protest against the former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra and the current government led by his sister Yingluck Shinawatra.  REUTERS/Damir Sagolj (THAILAND - Tags: SOCIETY CIVIL UNREST POLITICS)

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Anti-government protesters wearing Guy Fawkes and other masks gather in Bangkok’s shopping district on Sunday. 

Chelsea supporters hold posters of Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho as the team arrives at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi airport July 12, 2013. The team arrives in Bangkok a week ahead of their friendly match with the Singha All-Stars on July 17.

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Chelsea supporters hold posters of Blues manager José Mourinho as the team arrives at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi airport on Friday, a week ahead of their friendly match with the Singha All-Stars on July 17

Thai Buddhist monks set lights at the dome at Wat Dhammakaya on the outskirts of Bangkok to participate in Visakha Bucha Day ceremonies Friday, May 24, 2013. On this day devout Buddhist and followers gather to celebrate the three precepts of Buddha, his birth, his enlightenment and his death. Visakha Bucha Day is recognized as the most important day in Buddhism.(

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Buddhist monks in Thailand set lights at Wat Dhammakaya on the outskirts of Bangkok as part of the Visakha Bucha Day ceremonies on Friday. On this day devout Buddhists and followers gather to celebrate the three precepts of Buddha; his birth, his enlightenment and his death. The day is recognised as the most important in Buddhist calender 

A transgender and a Buddhist monk wait aside from other young men to speak to officers during an army draft held at a school in Klong Toey in Bangkok

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Waiting game: a Buddhist monk and a transgender wait at an army draft centre in Klong Toey, Bangkok. All men over the age of 21 must serve in the Thai army with only those not considered physically capable of service, the mentally ill and those who have significantly altered their physical appearance, such as transgenders, being exempt