Jan. 14 - More anti-government demonstrations in the Thai capital Bangkok bring the city and government offices to a halt. Julie Noce reports.
Another day of massive demonstrations cripple the Thai capital Bangkok Tuesday. Anti-government protesters have blocked roads and intersections bringing the city to a virtual standstill. Demonstrators gathered outside several government offices and forced employees to leave early. Other government offices, including the central bank, were working from remote locations. The protesters want Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to step down. They have rejected snap elections called for early February saying the entire electoral system needs to be reformed. Yingluck spoke to media Tuesday to plead for compromise. (SOUNDBITE) (Thai) THAI PRIME MINISTER YINGLUCK SHINAWATRA SAYING: "I'm asking for cooperation and request all sides to take part in reforms. Whatever needs to be reformed or fixed - be that to get rid of corrupted politicians - it can be a reality. In what they are doing now, the country is at a standstill." Demonstrators are unlikely to comply. Protest leader Suthep Thuagsuban. In two or three days we'll claose all government offices, he told the crowd. We will detain Prime Minister Yingluck and other ministers. The turmoil is the latest chapter in an eight-year conflict pitting the Bangkok-based middle class and royalist establishment against the mostly poorer, rural supporters of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and her brother, former prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.