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Thai Prime Minister dissolves parliament amid protests

Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has dissolved parliament amid anti-government protests. She says elections will be held "as soon as possible". Protests are continuing to take place in Bangkok.

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Thai police remove barricades outside key buildings

Thai police have removed barbed-wire barricades from outside the prime minister's office and police headquarters in Bangkok.

Barbed wire barricades have been removed in Bangkok. Credit: APTN

The move comes after teargas and rubber bullets were used in protests over the weekend against the government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

Protesters and police officers mingled outside the buildings after removing the barricades as tensions appeared to lessen.

Demonstrators are demanding that Yingluck, the sister of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, steps down - a call that she has rejected.

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