A Thai pro-election activist holds candles as activists rally in support of an upcoming election at a park in downtown Bangkok on January 30, 2014. (AFP PHOTO/Christophe ARCHAMBAULT)
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Thailand's army will increase the number of troops in the capital ahead of Sunday's elections, it said Thursday, as the government warned it might not be able to contain violence if anti-government protesters try to stop people voting.The government's decision to press ahead with the elections has inflamed tension in the capital, Bangkok, where the protesters have blockaded main intersections and forced many ministries to close their doors this month.About 10,000 police personnel would be responsible for Bangkok security Sunday and the troops would be on standby.Labor Minister Chalerm Yoombamrung, in charge of a state of emergency imposed last week, urged the protesters not to disrupt the vote.Demonstrators took to the streets in November in the latest chapter of an eight-year political conflict that pits Bangkok's middle class and southern Thais against the mostly poor, rural supporters of Yingluck and her brother, former premier Thaksin Shinawatra, who was ousted by the army in 2006 .The protesters prevented early voting in many parts of the capital and the south.
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