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Thousands of Thai anti-government protesters gathered for a second day in Bangkok on Tuesday (January 14) after the first night occupying several major intersections of the city as part of their planned shutdown in the capital. Police and soldiers maintained a low profile as the "Shutdown Bangkok" drive got underway in the city of about 12 million people. The mood was festive, with many protesters singing and dancing in the streets. Major intersections that normally teem with cars and trucks were blockaded, but trains and river ferries were operating, most shops were open and motorbikes plied the roads freely. In an attempt to end the unrest, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra called a snap election for February 2, but protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban has rejected the poll, which the prime minister's Puea Thai Party would probably win. The government has deployed 10,000 police to maintain law and order, along with 8,000 soldiers at government offices.