Thai protesters block roads in bid to shut capital

January 12, 2014 • National News

Traffic is at a stand still, right, at the Victory Monument as anti-government protesters, left, block the street Monday, Jan. 13, 2014, in Bangkok, Thailand. Thailand braced for a new wave of mass unrest Monday as anti-government demonstrators blocked major roads to “shut down” Bangkok in a bid to thwart February elections and overthrow the nation’s democratically elected prime minister. (AP Photo/Apichart Weerawong)

BANGKOK (AP) — Anti-government protesters took over key intersections in Thailand’s capital Monday, halting much of the traffic into Bangkok’s central business district as part of a months-long campaign to thwart elections and overthrow the democratically elected prime minister.

The intensified protests, which could last weeks or more, were peaceful and life continued normally in much of the capital. But they raise the stakes in a long-running crisis that has killed at least eight people in the last two months and fueled fears of more bloodshed to come and a possible army coup.

Overnight, an unidentified gunman opened fire on protesters camped near a vast government complex, shooting one man in the neck who was admitted to a nearby hospital, according to the city’s emergency medical services. The drive-by was the third of its kind since Jan. 6.

In a separate incident early Monday, a gunman fired about 10 shots at the headquarters of the opposition Democrat Party, shattering several windows but causing no casualties, said Police Maj. Nartnarit Rattanaburi.

The protesters are demanding that Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s administration be Login to read more

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