Anti-government protesters hold "No Vote" stickers and Thai baht banknotes to donate to their leader during a march through Chinatown in Bangkok February 1, 2014. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
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Dozens of gunshots and at least two explosions raised tension amid anti-government protests in Thailand's capital on Saturday, a day ahead of a general election seen as incapable of restoring stability in the deeply polarised country.It was not immediately clear whether those wounded were the government's supporters or its opponents, some of whom want to block ballotting in an election almost certain to return Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to power.Saturday's attack took place in Bangkok's Laksi district, close to the Don Muang airport, a stronghold of Yingluck's Puea Thai Party. Her supporters had gathered to demand Sunday's ballot not be obstructed.The protesters took to the streets in November for the latest round of an eight-year conflict broadly between Bangkok's middle class, southern Thais and the royalist establishment against the mostly rural supporters of Yingluck and Thaksin, who was ousted in a 2006 coup.Suthep wants to rid the country of the Shinawatra family's political influence and accuses Yingluck, who swept to power in the last election in 2011, of being Thaksin's puppet.Suthep wants to set up a "people's council" of notable individuals before another election is held.
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