In pictures: Thailand votes amid unrest

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image captionThais voted on Sunday in a general election called by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra in an attempt to defuse mass protests that began in November.
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image captionVoting was reported to be peaceful in many parts, despite fierce clashes that have gripped Bangkok in recent weeks.
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image captionHowever, voting was called off at some polling stations - as here in Din Dang in Bangkok - because of anti-election protests.
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image captionThai soldiers were among those casting their votes on Sunday. Thailand's army chief Prayuth Chan-ocha refused to rule military intervention when commenting on the political crisis in December.
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image captionMs Yingluck voted at a polling station in the capital Bangkok, saying it was "an important day". Protesters accuse her government of being run from abroad by her brother Thaksin, himself a former prime minister.
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image captionAbout 130,000 security personnel were deployed across Thailand to ensure the poll passed off peacefully.
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image captionSome voters expressed their frustration at not being able to cast their ballots as some polling stations were occupied by protesters.
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image captionThe anti-government protesters say there should be reforms before fair elections could be held.

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