Bangkok police use tear gas on protesters besieging govt buildings

Thai riot policemen collect tear gas from anti-government protesters during demonstration at Governement House during a demonstration in Bangkok on December 1, 2013. (AFP Photo / Pornchai Kittiwongsakul)

Thai riot policemen collect tear gas from anti-government protesters during demonstration at Governement House during a demonstration in Bangkok on December 1, 2013. (AFP Photo / Pornchai Kittiwongsakul)

(SOURCE)   Police dispersed activists with tear gas who were attempting to storm Bangkok’s Government House amidst deadly clashes in the Thai capital. Opposition protesters are calling for the ouster of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawtra.

Anti-government activists, seeking to storm the Government House, ripped down barriers outside the official building, reporters told AFP. In response the Bangkok police fired tear gas canisters and used water cannons to push back the crowd of protesters. Prime Minister Yingluck has vacated the Government House and is overseeing the situation from an undisclosed location in the city. Hundreds of activists also took control of Thai state broadcaster PBS.

The opposition protest movement has pledged to topple the government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawtra and install a “people’s council.” On Sunday protest leader, Suthep Thaugsuban, called on his supporters to push for the ouster of the Shinawatra government.

Anti-government protesters and the media run from water canons outside Governement house during a demonstration in Bangkok on December 1, 2013. (AFP Photo / Nicolas Asfouri)

Anti-government protesters and the media run from water canons outside Governement house during a demonstration in Bangkok on December 1, 2013. (AFP Photo / Nicolas Asfouri)

“Seizure of the PM’s office, police headquarters and several ministries will paralyze this corrupted and illegitimate government,” said Suthep, whose comments were broadcast by Bluesky Television network. “Without the works of these key ministries, the government will stop most of its functions and finally collapse.”

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