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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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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Thailand‘s prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra puts her hands together while speaking to reporters after the declaration of a state of emergency in Bangkok

Bangkok Shutdown mass rally...epa04033755 Thai anti-government protests leader Suthep Thaugsuban (L) is greeted by supporters as he leads a mass march as part of the Bangkok Shutdown rally at a major business district in Bangkok, Thailand, 21 January 2014. The uptick in violence of grenade attacks did not stop anti-government protesters from marching to drum up support for the movement, aimed at forcing caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and her government to resign.

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Thai anti-government protests leader Suthep Thaugsuban is greeted by supporters as he leads a mass march as part of the Bangkok Shutdown rally at a big business district in Bangkok, Thailand. The uptick in violence of grenade attacks did not stop anti-government protesters from marching to drum up support for the movement, aimed at forcing caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and her government to resign. 

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.

Masks are displayed for sale at a protest site in downtown Bangkok on the second day of the "Bangkok Shutdown" in Thailand.

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Masks for sale at a protest site in downtown Bangkok on the second day of the “shutdown” of Thailand’s capital.

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

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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. 

An anti-government protester waves a national flag as thousands of anti-government protesters gather for a rally at the Victory Monument in Bangkok, Thailand Monday, Jan. 13, 2014. Anti-government protesters took over key intersections in Thailand's capital Monday, halting much of the traffic into Bangkok's central business district as part of a months-long campaign to thwart elections and overthrow the democratically elected prime minister. (AP Photo/Apichart Weerawong)

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An anti-government protester stands on Victory Monument as thousands of demonstrators gather for a rally in Bangkok, Thailand. Protesters took over key intersections in the capital on Monday, halting much of the traffic into Bangkok’s central business district as part of a campaign to thwart elections and overthrow the prime minister. 

Anti-government protesters wait near Bhudhayodfah bridge during a warm-up rally to paralyze the capital Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014, in Bangkok, Thailand. Thousands of protesters took part in the rally aimed at toppling the government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. Protest leaders have set Jan. 13 as the date to bring Bangkok to a halt.

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Thousands of anti-government protesters take part in a warm-up rally near Bhudhayodfah Bridge, Bangkok, Thailand. Protest leaders have set January 13 as the date to bring Bangkok to a halt. 

Thailand's Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra gestures to her supporters as she travels by train from Surin province to Sisaket province...Thailand's Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra gestures to her supporters as she travels by train from Surin province to Sisaket province, north east of Bangkok, December 18, 2013. Anti-government demonstrators in Thailand said they will step up their protests in an attempt to force Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra from office and push through electoral reforms before a general election is held.  REUTERS/Stringer

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Yingluck Shinawatra, prime minister of Thailand, gestures to her supporters as she travels by train from Surin province to Sisaket province, northeast of Bangkok. Anti-government demonstrators in Thailand said they would step up their protests in an attempt to force Ms Yingluck from office and push through electoral reforms before a general election is held. 

Anti-government demonstrators sit in the shade at a protest site near the democracy monument in Bangkok on December 13, 2013.  Political turmoil has been rocking the Thai capital for weeks, with protesters seeking to oust Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and rid the kingdom of the influence of her brother, deposed former leader Thaksin.

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Anti-government demonstrators sit in the shade at a protest site near the Democracy Monument in Bangkok, on Friday. Political turmoil has been rocking the Thai capital for weeks, with protesters seeking to oust Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and rid the kingdom of the influence of her brother, deposed former leader Thaksin.

An anti-government demonstrator points his finger at a policeman as they talk through the gate of the Government House in Bangkok on December 12, 2013.  Political turmoil has been rocking the Thai capital for weeks, with protesters seeking to oust Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and rid the kingdom of the influence of her brother, deposed former leader Thaksin.

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An anti-government demonstrator points his finger at a policeman as they talk through the gate of the Government House in Bangkok, Thailand

Riot policemen stand guard outside the Army Club where the Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra held her cabinet meeting in Bangkok December 10, 2013. Yingluck pleaded on Tuesday for anti-government demonstrators to clear the streets and support a snap election, but defiant protest leaders called for her to step down within 24 hours.

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In Thailand, riot police stand guard outside the Army Club where Yingluck Shinawatra, prime minister, held her cabinet meeting in Bangkok. Ms Yingluck pleaded on Tuesday for anti-government demonstrators to clear the streets and support a snap election

Anti government protests in Bangkok

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Anti-government protesters fill the main roads from the Government Complex to Government House in Bangkok, Thailand, Monday