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A woman holds a candle and a placard during an anti-violence campaign in central Bangkok

A woman holds a candle and a placard during an anti-violence campaign in central Bangkok January 10, 2014. Thailand on Friday played down talk of a military coup ahead of a planned "shutdown" of the capital next week by protesters trying to overthrow Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and said life would go on much as normal. REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom (THAILAND - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)

Campaigners in central Bangkok plead for peace

Thailand on Friday played down talk of a military coup ahead of a

planned "shutdown" of the capital next week by protesters trying to

overthrow Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. Demonstrators led by former

opposition politician Suthep Thaugsuban aim to paralyze the capital for

between 15 and 20 days by blocking seven main intersections, causing

gridlock in a city clogged with traffic at the best of times. The

turmoil is the latest episode in an eight-year conflict that pits

Bangkok's middle class and royalist establishment against the mostly

poorer, rural supporters of Yingluck and her brother, former premier

Thaksin Shinawatra. (Reuters)