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Thai capital braces for shutdown attempt by anti-government protesters

Thailand's capital is bracing for traffic chaos as anti-government demonstrators plan to occupy major road intersections in what they describe as an effort to shut down the city.

There is concern that violence may ensue on Monday and trigger a military coup.

The protesters want caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to resign and her government replaced by a non-elected interim administration which will implement reforms they say are needed to stop corruption and money politics. They want to scuttle a general election called for Feb. 2.

The demonstrators since November have engaged in street battles with police, cut off water and electricity to national police headquarters, and occupied for a time the compounds of other government agencies.