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article imageScuffles erupt outside polling station in Bangkok

By Matthew Hendricks     Feb 2, 2014 in Politics
Bangkok - Protesters were blocking the entrance to a polling station in Bangkok on Sunday, leading to a scuffle with the security guards of a ruling party politican coming to cast his ballot.
Reuters reports that a ruling party politican came to cast his ballot at a polling station in Bangkok on Sunday, but the politician's security guards came to blows with protesters who were blocking the entrance.
You can see the occurence in the rough cut video above.
According to tolerance.ca, the politician later said he was merely protecting his rights and that voting is the peaceful solution.
The Guardian says that protesters trying to derail Thailand's national elections forced the closure of hundreds of polling stations, but the vast majority of voting stations were open and polling proceeded relatively peacefully.
According to The Republic, the protesters are a minority that cannot win through elections, but they comprise a formidable alliance of opposition leaders, royalists, and powerful businessmen who have set their sights on ousting Yingluck's government.
The protesters are demanding the government be replaced by an unelected council that would rewrite political and electoral laws to combat what they say are deep-seated problems of corruption and money politics, reports The Guardian. Yingluck has refused to step down, arguing she is open to reform and that such a council would be unconstitutional.
The Guardian says whatever happens in Sunday's vote, the outcome will almost certainly be inconclusive. Because protesters blocked candidate registration in some districts, parliament will not have enough members to convene.
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