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Anti-government protesters, in defiance of the decree which took effect on Wednesday, surrounded the Office of the Defence Ministry’s permanent secretary after Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra went to work there yesterday morning. After protesters arrived, Ms Yingluck and Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul left the compound through the back gate.
Another group surrounded the Labour Ministry where the Centre for Peacekeeping met, trapping its director Chalerm Yubamrung. The Network of Students and People for Reform of Thailand surrounded the Royal Police headquarters and defaced much of the building’s name sign. The Election Commission (EC) also took steps in an apparent attempt to delay the poll by asking the charter court to rule who between the agency and the government has the authority to defer the election. If the court rules the power lies with the government, the government will have to take responsibility if the election is marred with violence, said the source. Signs are emerging there will be disruptions to the voting. The EC is likely to go for a delay if the court says it has the power to do so.
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