Thai anti-government protesters pack a street during a rally Friday, Jan. 17, 2014 in Bangkok, Thailand. (AP Photo/Wason Wanichakorn)
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An explosive device tossed at anti-government protesters wounded 36 in central Bangkok Friday and tension rippled through the Thai capital after several days of relative calm that had suggested the movement was running out of steam.Protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban blamed the government for the attack and said it would not dent the morale of thousands who Monday stepped up a two-month agitation, bringing parts of Bangkok to a standstill and occupying ministries.The government rejected Suthep's charge that it was responsible for the attack on the protesters.The demonstrations are the biggest since pro-Thaksin protesters paralyzed Bangkok in April-May 2010 . That movement ended with a military crackdown and more than 90 people, mostly protesters, were killed during the events.Pro-government "red shirt" protesters have stayed outside Bangkok this time, limiting the risk of factional clashes. As the deadlock between the government and the protesters drags on, many Thais believe that the military could step in to break the impasse, especially if the protests become more violent.
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