‘Insurrection’ warrant issued against Thai protest leader

Johannesburg, Dec. 03: A Thai court has issued an arrest warrant for anti-government protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban for “insurrection” over his attempt to topple the administration, police said.

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has, meanwhile, rejected the demands of protesters for her to quit over rampant corruption, News24 reports.

The charges shall lead to a punishment with death or life imprisonment, the report added.

The protestors accused the government of being controlled by the prime minister’s brother, Thaksin Shinawatra, who was overthrown by the army in September 2006.

Yingluck has been prime minister since 2011, when her Pheu Thai party won a general election.

Thaksin was earlier blamed for elevating corruption to new heights, and the protestors said that he was trying to control everything from self-imposed exile through his sister Yingluck.(ANI)