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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

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. Read more

Thai rice farmers protest against the government in Thailand...epa04082850 Thai Army soldiers are seen standing guard during a rice farmers rally at a temporary office of the cabinet of caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, at the office for the Permanent Secretary for Defense in Bangkok, Thailand, 17 February 2014. Thousands of rice farmers protested demanding the government to pay their rice, which is under a rice-pledging scheme. The government failed to raise 100 billion Thai baht (3.1 billion US dollar or 2.2 billion euro) to pay more than one million rice growers since early October 2013.  EPA/NARONG SANGNAK

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Thai soldiers stand guard during a rice farmers rally at the temporary headquarters of the cabinet of Yingluck Shinawatra, caretaker prime minister, at the office for the Permanent Secretary for Defense in Bangkok, Thailand. Thousands of rice farmers are demanding the government pay them for their rice under a rice subsidy scheme. The government has failed to raise 100bn Thai baht ($3.1bn) to pay more than 1m rice farmers. Read more

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 Read more

A U.S. Marine drinks the blood of a cobra during a jungle survival exercise with the Thai Navy as part of the "Cobra Gold 2014" joint military exercise, in Chanthaburi province...A U.S. Marine drinks the blood of a cobra during a jungle survival exercise with the Thai Navy as part of the "Cobra Gold 2014" joint military exercise, at a military base in Chanthaburi province February 13, 2014. About 13,000 soldiers from seven countries, Thailand, U.S., Singapore, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea and Malaysia are participating in the 11-day military exercise.

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A US Marine drinks cobra blood during jungle survival training with the Thai navy at the Cobra Gold 2014 joint military exercise, at a base in Chanthaburi province on Thursday. About 13,000 soldiers from seven countries – Thailand, the US, Singapore, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea and Malaysia – are participating in the 11-day event.

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

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