Thousands of anti-government protesters have marched through the Thai capital, as the country’s Election Commission recommended the upcoming election be postponed because of fears of further unrest. The demonstrators marched through Bangkok, calling on people to join a big rally that they say will paralyse the capital on Sunday. The number of protesters was well down from the huge demonstrations of the last few weeks which prompted Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to call the snap election for February.
The anti-government protesters, led by Suthep Thaugsuban, have also vowed to disrupt the February 2 vote, claiming it will only see another government backed by the controversial former leader Thaksin Shinawatra, Ms Yingluck’s brother.
They accuse the ousted leader of controlling her behind the scenes and call for the democratic system to be suspended in favour of a reforming “people’s council”