Thailand protest news update: Bangkok election 2014 disrupted— At least 89% of polling stations operated normally but several people wounded in Saturday clashes between pro-government and protesters, report says.
The non going protest halting national snap election in parts of Bangkok and the south, officials said about 130,000 personnel had been deployed across Thailand on Sunday, including 12,000 in Bangkok.
“Saturday’s The violence is yet another chapter in an ongoing, years-long battle between those who support Thaksin, a former telecoms tycoon who won voting support from northern and northeastern provinces for his populist policies.”
But protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban said the government would be unable to declare a result because of the closures, adding: “Therefore the election is a waste of time and money.” according to BBC News report.
AP reported, protesters trying to derail Thailand’s national elections forced the closure of hundreds of polling stations in a highly contentious vote that has become the latest flashpoint in the country’s deepening political crisis.
Around the country, the vast majority of voting stations were open and polling proceeded relatively peacefully, but the risk of violence remained high a day after gun battles in Bangkok left seven people wounded. Reuters File Photo By ATHIT PERAWONGMETHA/REUTERS