Protesters on December 22 marched through many venues in the capital Bangkok to assess local people’s support for the anti-government movement and call on those who still hesitate to go down the streets.

Protester heads also declared that they will lead lines of supporters on December 23 to obstruct candidacy registration for the upcoming election.

Former Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban, leader of the anti-government movement, said protesters will paralyse the capital half a day and even a day if Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra does not step down.

Methods to carry out reforms in Thailand have been blamed for the country’s current political impasse.

Yingluck launched a reform roadmap in which she reaffirmed the organisation of a general election on February 2, 2014 and asked all parties to realise the reforms after the election.

However, protesters, led by Suthep, declared to not accept this plan and vowed to prevent the election.

In another development, Thai police said that on December 22, a bomb attack in southern Thailand injured at least 24 people, including children and a Malaysian tourist.-VNA