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Anti-government protesters march during a rally in Bangkok Monday. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Thai protesters enter Finance Ministry compound

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Anti-government protesters hold Thai national flags during a rally in Bangkok Monday. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

– Thai protesters have entered the Finance Ministry compound in the country's capital in an escalating anti-government campaign to topple the government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

A crowd of protesters swarmed into the compound's courtyard Monday as a massive anti-government march fanned out to 13 locations in Bangkok.

There was limited police presence at the compound, despite heavy security elsewhere.

Protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban urged the crowd to "make them see this is people's power."

Protesters say they want Yingluck to step down amid claims that her government is controlled by ousted leader Thaksin Shinawatra, her brother.

Monday's rally came a day after about 100,000 people marched in Bangkok, the largest rally Thailand has seen in years.

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