Early on Wednesday, two people were wounded in a shooting incident, a bus was burnt and the house of the Opposition leader damaged in a bomb explosion, the latest in a cycle of violence that has rocked the city in recent weeks.

Yingluck, who held a meeting with about 37 parties to discuss the Election Commission’s suggestion to postpone the February 2 polls, later said the majority of participants insisted that the elections had to go ahead.

Yingluck, who on Tuesday refused to quit as demanded by the protesters, said the government and Election Commission had no authority to postpone the polls.

According to the police, a garbage collector and a woman who were at an anti-government protester rally last night were slightly wounded in a shooting incident by an unidentified gunman.

The demonstrators want Yingluck to resign and for an unelected ‘people's council’ to be set up to oversee reforms to stamp out corruption and also to end the political clout of Yingluck's exiled billionaire brother Thaksin, a former premier, who was overthrown in a coup in 2006.

An explosive device was also hurled at a house belonging to the family of opposition leader and former premier Abhisit Vejjajiva late on Tuesday night, causing some damage but no one was injured.

Abhisit's Democrat Party has said it will boycott the February polls.

Meanwhile, firebrand protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban, a former deputy prime minister, led a march through several upscale Bangkok neighbourhoods to garner support for his movement to oust Yingluck.


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