Protestors in Thailand outraged by prospect of free and fair elections

13 Jan

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BANGKOK—the political crisis gripping Thailand deepened today as protestors shut down the capital, blocking major intersections and shutting down offices around the city.

“This government has no legitimacy,” said Nitithorn Lamlua, one of the leaders of the protests. “Convincing victories in fair elections can’t change the fact that I’m really angry.”

The government has scheduled early elections for February which it is widely expected to win, given its continued popularity among the Thai populace. Protestors, however, are demanding that the government respect “people power, especially the 30% of the people we represent.”

The White House expressed its “grave concern” over the instability in Thailand, which experts said indicated that President Obama was considering “any and all options,” up to a mild rebuke and possible cancellation of Pad Thai Thursdays at the staff canteen. 

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