A protester pours water over the hand of killed protest leader Suthin Tharatin during his funeral in Bangkok.
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Thailand's ruling party called Monday for controversial polls to go ahead, despite widespread disruption to advance voting by opposition protesters who besieged polling stations and stopped hundreds of thousands from casting ballots.Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has faced nearly three months of mass street protests demanding her elected government step down to make way for an unelected "people's council" that would oversee reforms aimed at curbing the dominance of her billionaire family.About 440,000 people out of 2 million registered for advance voting were prevented by demonstrators from casting their ballots Sunday, the election commission said.The government has declared a 60-day state of emergency in Bangkok and surrounding areas, giving the authorities the power to ban public gatherings of more than five people, although they have not yet done so.
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