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Thai court issues arrest warrant for protest leader

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The Thai Criminal Court has issued an arrest warrant for protest leader Suthep Thuagsuban on charges of rebellion against government.

According to the warrant issued on December 2, Suthep, former Democrat lawmaker and former Deputy Prime Minister, was accused of perpetrating unconstitutional acts and instigating unrests.

Earlier, another arrest warrant was also issued for Suthep for inciting thousands of people to seize offices of the Ministries of Finance and Foreign Affairs on November 25.

In addition, the court issued warrants for the arrest of four leaders of the so-called Network of Students and People for Reform of Thailand who were accused of invading and damaging property of the State office.

Meanwhile, Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said that she was ready to resign or dissolve the parliament if it could bring peace to the country.

However, she rejected Suthep's request to hand over power to a people’s council, saying it has no constitutional basis.

New clashes continued breaking out in Bangkok on the day. Police had to use tear gas and water cannons to disperse crowds of protesters outside government headquarters.

At least four people were killed and 100 others injured during clashes over the weekend.-VNA
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