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Thai Anti-Government Protesters Occupy Finance Ministry

Anti-government demonstrators in Thailand have seized the Finance Ministry in Bangkok and threatened to storm more government buildings in an escalation of their efforts to topple the government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

A crowd of protesters swarmed into the compound's courtyard Monday and then entered buildings. Other protesters fanned out over the city, marching on more than a dozen state agencies, including military and police facilities, and several government-backed television stations.

Protesters want Ms. Yingluck to resign amid claims that her exiled brother, ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, is running the country behind the scenes.

Thousands of pro-government protesters are holding their own rally at a Bangkok stadium and have vowed not to leave until the opposition calls off its demonstration. Many Thais fear that bloody clashes could erupt between the two groups.

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