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Bangkok: Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets of Bangkok Monday in an effort to paralyse the government within three days and bring about a change in administration.

The marches were launched from the western part of the capital, where more than 100,000 demonstrators gathered Sunday night to overthrow the “Thaksin regime.” Fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra is seen as the de facto leader of the Pheu Thai party that leads the current government. Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is his younger sister.

Suthep Thaugsuban, a former member of parliament with the opposition Democrat Party, led marches Monday on government offices including state-owned television stations, military and police installations, the parliament and Government House where the cabinet meets.

The demonstrators urged government employees to stop work in a show of civil disobedience against the administration.

Suthep, who resigned from parliament to engage in street politics, led a march on the Budget Bureau in an effort to persuade it to stop distributing money to the government, television reports said.

“This battle will end in three days,” Suthep told protesters at a rally Sunday night.

The Democrat Party plans to launch a no-confidence debate in parliament against Yingluck and key cabinet members on Tuesday.

DPA

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