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article imageBangkok police fire tear gas, rubber bullets at protesters

By Mike White     Dec 26, 2013 in World
Bangkok - A policeman was killed, and almost 100 people hurt, when Thai police fired teargas and rubber bullets at anti-government protesters Thursday attempting to disrupt planning for a February election.
MSN reported this was the first such incident in nearly two weeks.
The confrontation between about 500 protesters angry with Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and police was one day after the government extended a special security law by two months once again.
The law, extended last month to areas near to the capital and the whole capital area, allows police to ban gatherings, impose curfews and carry out search and block routes. Such measures have seldom been used.
Yingluck is the caretaker prime minister who scheduled a snap election February 2 in an attempt to deflate weeks of mainly peaceful protests. There have been as many as 200,000 people on to the streets of Bangkok at the peak of the protests.
Yahoo News reported the death of the policeman and the injuries.
Experts believe Shinawatra's ruling Puea Thai party would probably win an election. Protesters have demanded Yingluck step down. They also want political reforms before any vote, to attempt to minimize the power of the billionaire Shinawatra family.
Reuters reported the violence erupted when protesters attempted to storm a venue where a draw for election ballot numbers was ongoing.
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