Bangkok : Thai demonstrators on Friday blockaded government buildings where ballots were stored for Sunday’s disputed snap polls, as a protest leader warned many people could lose their lives if embattled premier Yingluck Shinawatra goes ahead with the election, reports PTI.
Protesters surrounded one office in the capital and several in southern Thailand, the opposition’s stronghold, to prevent the distribution of ballot papers. Luang Pu Buddha Issara, a key leader of the anti-government People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC), told activists blockading the building in Bangkok that a large number of people would lose their lives if the election goes ahead. Ballot boxes and voting papers are equivalent to poisonous fruits and there would be negative consequences if they are sent out, he was quoted as saying by Bangkok Post. Protesters have vowed to disrupt voting to polling booths on Sunday, raising doubts over the legitimacy of the snap polls called by Yingluck in a bid to calm months of street rallies, sometimes violent.