Protests stretch beyond Bangkok

Tens of thousands of anti-government demonstrators rallied in several provinces on Monday in support of the protest in the capital, where huge numbers of protesters converged on Government House to uproot the "Thaksin regime".

Protesters in Surat Thani, Trang, Chumphon, Nakhon Ratchasima, Pattani, Yala, Phitsanulok, Phayao and Chon Buri provinces came to life after Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra announced the  dissolution of the House of Representatives in the morning.

More than 30,000 whistleblowers gathered at Surat Thani's provincial hall and about 100 civil servants in the building stopped working and joined the protest. 

In Trang, at least 10,000 demonstrators took to the streets to celebrate the House dissolution before settling at the provincial hall, awaiting the People's Democratic Reform Committee's next move.

Elsewhere, a traditional manora dance show with content mocking the government was being performed in front of 7,000-8,000 anti-government protestors led by Nopporn Usit near Chumphon's provincial hall. The state office was closed due to the rally.

About 5,000 whistleblowers surrounded the provincial hall  in Pattani, demanding that Ms Yingluck step down as the head of the interim government. Another group of similar size surrounded Yala's provincial hall early Monday morning, preventing government officials entering the premises.

In Nakhon Ratchasima, at least 1,500 demonstrators led by Jakkrin Cherdchai paid a visit to the headquarters of the Provincial Police Region 3, the provincial hall and other state buildings.

Mr Jakkrin said the  the acting premier's resignation would not suffice because they want the state to give power to the people in the form of a people's council.

Smaller numbers of anti-government protestors rallied in Phitsanulok, Phayao and Chon Buri provinces.

Security forces were deployed at the protest locations to ensure order.

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Discussion 1 : 10/12/2013 at 12:35 AM
They are not laughing at the people. They are chuckling at the way the goverment is leaving it's people totally ignorant and unprepared for what will happen when ASEAN hits. But the city-trip season will probably start again by then. You can say "leave it or love it" as much as you like, but in the end of the day, I'm paying a lot of taxes here and I love this country TOO. It would be nice to see something constructive happening with that money for a change, not only keep Thaksin hovering over Thailand like Darth Vader in his Death Star.
Discussion 2 : 09/12/2013 at 06:07 PM
Who one Who lost today??? To her credit Yingluck listened to the voices who opposed her wishes to change the Amnesty Law... The ones who have lost are those who protested within their rights and are no longer here today. Time for the politicians to grow up and stop destroying this Kingdoms name... The rest of ASEAN are laughing at this beautiful country and people!
Discussion 3 : 09/12/2013 at 05:30 PM
Could have been quite some anti-government protesters too up north and even in the east, when it wouldn't be for the red militia terrorizing the population, and brutalizing anyone attempting to express anything in dissonance with the the red propaganda force-fed to the red villagers... And say that their leaders dare to speak about 'returning power to the people' and 'free elections within two months', 'bruti senza vergogna', in my best Italian...

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