Thailand braces for more violence

December 1, 2013 • World News

An anti-government protester throws back a tear gas canister fired by riot police in Bangkok, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013. Police in Thailand fought off mobs of rock-throwing protesters armed with petrol bombs who tried to battle their way into the government’s heavily-fortified headquarters Sunday, as gunshots rang out in Bangkok and Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra fled a police complex during the sharpest escalation yet of the country’s latest crisis. (AP Photo/Wason Wanitchakorn)

BANGKOK (AP) — The United Nations closed its main office in Bangkok, dozens of schools closed and many civil servants stayed away from work Monday as the Thai capital braced for more violence in a spiraling political crisis.

After a weekend of chaos in pockets of Bangkok, protesters vowed to push ahead with plans to topple Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra by occupying her office compound along with other key government buildings. Police again used tear gas on thousands of protesters on Monday after repeatedly driving them back with similar attacks throughout Sunday.

In an e-mailed statement to its staff, the United Nations’ security department said “there could be violence (Monday) on a large scale .. staff Login to read more

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