Thai government officials are meeting the election commission to discuss how to complete the country’s elections. The 2 February general election was disrupted by protesters in some places, so by-elections need to take place before a government can be formed. The talks come as anti-government protesters rebuilt barricades outside official buildings in Bangkok, vowing to topple the government. Thailand has been in a political crisis since mass protests began in November. Police had cleared some protest sites in Bangkok on Friday, dismantling barricades near some government buildings with little resistance.
Protesters, however, soon regrouped. On Monday, thousands of demonstrators gathered outside Government House, cementing the gates shut in a bid to stop officials returning to work in the building.
“[Thai Prime Minister] Yingluck [Shinawatra] will never have a chance to work at the Government House again,” protest leader and former opposition politician Suthep Thaugsuban said.