Nov. 25 - Thousands on the march in the Thai capital demanding resignation of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. Rough cut (no reporter narration)
ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION Thousands of anti-government protesters marched through the Thai capital on Monday (November 25) demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, a day after the biggest demonstrations since deadly political unrest in 2010. With helmeted riot police looking on, some 30,000 protesters chanted "get out!" as they spread their protest to government offices, military bases and state television channels. Anti-government rallies, which began last month, were triggered by a government-backed amnesty bill that could have led to the return of Yingluck's brother, ousted former premier Thaksin Shinawatra, without facing a jail time for a 2008 corruption sentence. Demonstrations have escalated into an all out call for government change and the ouster of Yingluck who is widely viewed as Thaksin's proxy as he wields tremendous influence over government policies from a base in Dubai. The protesters called on Yingluck to step down to stop the political turmoil. Yingluck faces a no-confidence debate on Tuesday (November 26). Protesters marched on Monday to 12 buildings, including the Royal Thai Army headquarters, to urge civil servants to join the demonstration. Thailand's National Security Council chief Paradorn Pattanathabutr said as many as 180,000 turned up to demonstrate on Sunday (November 24) while police estimates put the crowd at 100,000. The protests bring back memories of a tumultuous 2008 when anti-Thaksin "yellow shirts" shut down Bangkok's airports and held crippling rallies against a Thaksin government, which was eventually disbanded by a court.