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In pictures: Protests thwart Thai PM

Pro-Thaksin protesters outside parliament

Thousands of anti-government protesters blockaded Thailand's parliament, forcing new Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva to delay his opening policy speech.

Pro-Thaksin protesters kick a poster of PM Abhisit

The red-shirted supporters of former leader Thaksin Shinawatra accuse Mr Abhisit of "stealing" power by cobbling together a coalition with former Thaksin allies two weeks ago.

Protesters with a sign of ex-PM Thaksin

The pro-Thaksin group, calling itself the Democratic Alliance Against Dictatorship (DAAD), has vowed to keep up the pressure to force a general election.

Police guard a road leading to the parliament compound

Police closed the gates of the parliament building but Mr Abhisit said force would not be used against the demonstrators.

Pro-Thaksin protesters with placards

The protests are the latest in Thailand's intractable political crisis that has seen four prime ministers this year and months of street protests.

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