BANGKOK — Hundreds of police were deployed on Friday at Thailand's ruling party headquarters as defiant opposition protesters set their sights on a new high-profile target, seeking to intensify their fight to bring down the government.
Boisterous demonstrators have besieged key ministries in Bangkok in the biggest street protests since mass rallies against the previous government three years ago degenerated into the kingdom's worst civil strife in decades.
The protesters – a mix of royalists, southerners and the urban middle class sometimes numbering in their tens of thousands – are united by their loathing of former premier Thaksin Shinawatra.
Protesters are demanding the end of the "Thaksin regime" and want to replace the government with an unelected "people's council".
Demonstrators announced on Friday they would march to the headquarters of Yingluck's Puea Thai party, a day after cutting off the electricity to the national police headquarters in Bangkok, in their latest act of provocation against a key symbol of authority.
The move came just hours after Yingluck and her party easily won a parliamentary no confidence vote.
"We are deploying two companies of police (around 300 officers) at Puea Thai party headquarters after they asked for protection," deputy national police chief Worapong Siewpreecha said. —AFP