Thailand extended a tough security law on March 23 for another week after opposition protest leaders called for a “historic rally” to paralyze Bangkok in a bid to force an election that appears no closer to succeeding. Tens of thousands of protesters remained at their open-air encampment in their trademark red shirts, calling for Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva to dissolve parliament in a rally that has now entered its second week. Security concerns were highlighted when two grenades exploded in the compound of the Public Health Ministry, about 1 km (0.6 miles) from where the cabinet had earlier met. The usual venue, Government House, has been avoided because of its proximity to the protests. The explosions, like previous incidents, were not blamed on the “red shirts” and caused no injuries. Protest leaders, allied with ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, have not revealed details of their plans for the rally on Saturday and whether the demonstrators will fan out across the city as at least 65,000 of them did at the weekend. (Reuters)

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