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Anti-government protesters have once again formed on the streets of Bangkok

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Anti-government protesters have once again formed on the streets of Bangkok.

Demonstrators have been out since Sunday morning as anti-government leaders call for the government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to resign so it can be replaced by a people's council.

Sunday's protest is supposed to be a precursor to the main protest event, which will be the occupation of Bangkok from January 13th in the run up to a February election.

Protesters hope to prevent government officials from going to work on the 13th, thus upsetting the forthcoming February election.

An unelected "people's council" has been proposed as an alternative to parliament.

Anti-government organisers have suggested a council would be able to oversee loosely-defined reforms.

The same activists have threatened to set up protest areas in important parts of around capital, especially near government offices and the residences of the prime minister and her cabinet.

Voting registration in eight of 77 Thai provinces has already been disrupted by the poll boycott.

Anti-government protests started on October 31st, 2013, after the government proposed an amnesty bill that could have extended a pardon to Yingluck's brother, ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who was toppled in a military coup in 2006.

He faces a prison sentence if he returns to the country.

The prime minister has been accused of being a puppet in the hands of her still powerful brother, who is still much in favour in rural parts of Thailand.

The protesters say Thaksin controls his sister's government from his self-exile in Dubai.> BNN

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