Jan. 20 - Thai protesters march to Government Savings Bank in continued bid to topple government, following a weekend of violence. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT - (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Hundreds of protesters trying to topple the government marched to the Government Savings Bank in Bangkok on Monday (January 20). One of the protest leaders, Tavorn Seniem, said they wanted to convince employees not to work for government banks, because the people's savings deposited in them were being used for corrupt purposes. Blowing whistles and waving flags, the protesters arrived outside the savings bank building, greeted by some employees. Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra faces legal challenges with the country's anti-corruption agency saying last week it would start investigating her role in a loss-making government rice purchase scheme. The scheme has won her party huge support in the rural north and northeast of the country. But there are signs of growing discontent among farmers who say they have not been paid for their rice and are threatening to block major roads. Thai authorities are "very seriously" considering a state of emergency after a weekend of violence in the capital where protesters have been trying for more than two months to bring down the government, the security chief said on Monday. One man was killed and dozens of people were wounded, some seriously, when grenades were thrown at anti-government protesters in the city centre on Friday (January 17) and Sunday (January 19). Though the size of the demonstrations has decreased, protesters have managed to shut down some government offices, snarling Bangkok traffic and forcing Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to shift her workplace. The emergency decree gives security agencies broad powers to impose curfews, detain suspects without charge, censor media, ban political gatherings of more than five people and declare parts of the country off limits.