Protesters Block Early Voting in Thai Capital

Hundreds of thousands of Thais were blocked from voting on Sunday as antigovernment demonstrators obstructed polling places in Bangkok and southern Thailand in a campaign to suspend democracy and replace Parliament with an unelected “people’s council.”


Critics of the protest movement, which is battling to purge the country of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and her influential family, called Sunday’s shutdown of polling places a major blow to democracy in Thailand and a possible portent of further moves to seize power from the government.

More than two million people out of a total electorate of about 48 million were registered for Sunday’s advance voting, which was held for those unable to vote in the Feb. 2 general election.