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Grabbing global attention

The anti-government protests have grabbed global attention, with major newspapers and agencies ranging from The New York Times, CNN, BBC to Al Jazeera reporting on the "Bangkok shutdown".

The Wall Street Journal ran a front-page article titled "Thai protesters threaten bourse" yesterday. In the article, 49-year-old Nitithorn Lamlua was quoted as saying: "We have to escalate things from time to time. If Yingluck doesn't resign by January 15, we have to look at what more we can do."

At 4.41am, its article titled "Protesters, angry at premier, fill Bangkok's Central Business District" was deemed the "most-shared". The article said: "The protest was the boldest move in two months of street demonstrations and cut off most traffic to Thailand's costliest real estate and most prestigious addresses. Protest leaders said they would remain on the streets indefinitely."

On Monday, CNN introduced a bar on its home page titled Bangkok "shutdown". At press time, it contained four articles including updated info for tourists.

Coverage of the protests appeared in other global media like the Washington Post, The Guardian, BBC and Al Jazeera.

Al Jazeera's report titled "Thai protesters launch Bangkok shutdown" said: "The demonstrators want the embattled prime minister to step down to make way for an appointed government that would oversee electoral reforms to curb the political dominance of her billionaire family and tackle a wider culture of money politics."


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