Thailand Dissolves Parliament in Response to Protests

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ruchos/Thinkstock(BANGKOK, Thailand) — Thailand’s prime minister has dissolved parliament and called for new elections in response to a growing wave of protests.

“At this stage, when there are many people opposed to the government from many groups, the best way is to give back the power to the Thai people and hold an election,” Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said, according to the BBC. “So the Thai people will decide.”

More than 100,000 protesters flooded the streets of Bangkok on Monday, with more expected for a march to the Government House.

The opposition says protesters won’t leave until the country is run by a “people’s council.”  Dissolving parliament and calling for elections isn’t enough, they contend; the protesters have been camped out for weeks, often fighting with police, and say they are not going anywhere.

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