Yingluck’s government appears increasingly hemmed in by opponents and the judicial system, lacking the fiscal powers to fund key policies and warned by a court on Wednesday that it cannot use a state of emergency to disperse protesters.
Four protesters and a police officer were killed on Tuesday, in the deadliest clashes since the unrest began in November, when police attempted to reclaim sites near government buildings that have been occupied for weeks.
The protesters are seeking to unseat Yingluck and stamp out what they see as the malign influence of her brother, Thaksin Shinawatra, a self-exiled former premier regarded by many as the real power behind the government.
About 500 protesters gathered outside the Bangkok offices of SC Asset Corp, a property developer controlled by the Shinawatra family, waving Thai flags and blowing whistles.
“We will hamper all Shinawatra businesses,” protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban told supporters at a rally on Wednesday night. “If you love your country, stop using Shinawatra products and do everything you can so that their business fails.”
Yingluck was executive chairwoman of the company before being swept to power in a landslide election victory in 2011.
Shares in SC Asset fell 4.3 percent on Thursday, following a similar fall the previous day. Shares in M-Link Asia Corp , a mobile handset distributor with links to the Shinawatras, have also lost almost 10 percent over the past two days.
Anusorn Iamsa-ard, deputy spokesman for Yingluck’s Puea Thai Party, said the building the protesters targeted had nothing to do with her…. see more