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Thai protesters stage huge rallies

Updated 2:40 AM ET, Fri November 29, 2013
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An anti-government protester blows a whistle in front of Thai flags during a rally at Bangkok's Democracy Monument on Friday, one day after the embattled Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra survived a no-confidence vote in parliament. AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit
Anti-government protesters occupied the army headquarters on November 29, 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand, despite calls from the country's prime minister for protesters to cease their sustained demonstrations and negotiate an end to the nation's latest crisis. Lam Yik Fei/Getty Images
Opposition protesters in Bangkok say they plan to march towards the headquarters of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's ruling party on Friday, as they continue their campaign to overthrow her. Lam Yik Fei/Getty Images
Anti-government protesters blow whistles as they rally at the Department Special Investigation in Bangkok on November 27, 2013. PORNCHAI KITTIWONGSAKUL/AFP/Getty Images
Flag-waving protesters vowing to topple the Thai prime minister took to the streets of Bangkok for a fourth day Wednesday, declaring they would take over "every ministry" of the government. AP Photo/Wason Wanichakorn
A Thai riot policeman holds flowers which were offered to him by opposition protesters during a rally at a government complex in Bangkok on November 27, 2013. CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT/AFP/Getty Images
Thousands of anti-government protesters occupy the Finance ministry for a third day in a bid to oust the current government of Yingluck Shinawatra on November 27, 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand. CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT/AFP/Getty Images
Thailand's mass political protests spread outside the capital on Wednesday as opposition demonstrators stepped up their attempts to overthrow Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's government, plunging the country deeper into crisis. CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT/AFP/Getty Images
Anti-government protesters demonstrate outside the Ministry of Interior in a bid to oust the current government of Yingluck Shinawatra November 26, 2013 in Bangkok,Thailand. Paula Bronstein/Getty Images
Thailand's Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra appealed for an end to 'mob rule' on November 26 as she prepared to face a no-confidence debate in parliament. PORNCHAI KITTIWONGSAKUL/AFP/Getty Images
Thai riot police stand guard in Bangkok on Monday in an escalation of mass street rallies aiming to topple Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's embattled government. PORNCHAI KITTIWONGSAKUL/AFP/Getty Images
Demonstrators wave national flags during a rally in Bangkok on November 25, 2013. PORNCHAI KITTIWONGSAKUL/AFP/Getty Images
A Thai opposition protester waves a clapper during a rally at Bangkok's Democracy Monument Sunday. CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT/AFP/Getty Images
Tens of thousands of pro- and anti-government demonstrators massed in rival rallies in Bangkok on Sunday, as Thailand grappled with its most potent revival of street politics since bloody protests in 2010. AP Photo/Wason Wanitchakorn
Anti-government protesters are calling for Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to step down, claiming she is a stooge for her brother, the exiled former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra. CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT/AFP/Getty Images
Thai pro-government 'red shirts' gathered at a football stadium to counter the growing anti-government protests and to show support for Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's crisis-hit administration. PORNCHAI KITTIWONGSAKUL/AFP/Getty Images
Thai opposition leaders Suthep Thaugsuban, center, and former Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, left, clinch their fists as they appear on stage during a rally at Democracy Monument in Bangkok Sunday. CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT/AFP/Getty Images
Thai pro-government 'red shirts' hold pictures of Thaksin and Yingluck Shinawatra as she gather at Rajamangala Stadium in Bankok Sunday. PORNCHAI KITTIWONGSAKUL/AFP/Getty Images
Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva waves to anti-government protesters Sunday. AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit
Anti-government protesters ripple a giant Thai flag. AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit
A Thai opposition protester holds up a placard mocking exiled former leader, Thaksin Shinawatra. Thaksin has a strong support base among Thailand's rural and working class, but is detested among the elite and middle classes, who accuse him of corruption. CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT/AFP/Getty Images