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Thai protest leader vows to escalate offensive

By The Associated Press

This article was published December 2, 2013 at 11:01 a.m.

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In this Dec 1, 2013, photo provided by the National Transportation Safety Board, safety board investigators Mike Hiller, center left, and George Haralampopoulous, right, walk with an data recorder retrieved from the derailed Metro-North train in the Bronx borough of New York. Two data recorders from the commuter train that derailed while rounding a riverside curve, killing four people, may provide information on the speed of the train, how the brakes were applied and the throttle setting, a member of the NTSB said Monday, Dec. 2, 2013.

BANGKOK — A firebrand opposition leader vowed Monday to escalate his campaign to topple Thailand's government, and ordered his followers to storm Bangkok's police headquarters after they fought all day with riot police protecting heavily barricaded key buildings.

Earlier Monday, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said she is willing to do anything it takes to end the violent protests but made it clear she cannot accept the opposition's demand to hand power to an unelected council. Yingluck was elected with an overwhelming majority in 2011, and many observers see the protesters' demand as unreasonable if not outlandish.

"Right now we don't see any way to resolve the problem under the constitution," she said in the brief 12-minute news conference televised live.

Yingluck's comments highlighted the unusual political deadlock Thailand finds itself in with no clear solution in sight. The standoff intensified as protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban gave a defiant speech late Monday to thousands of cheering supporters at a government complex they seized last week when the anti-government demonstrations started.

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