Thailand's beleaguered government faced trouble on two fronts Tuesday as demonstrators clashed with police and an anti-corruption body announced charges against Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra over the state rice-buying program.
In the Thai capital Bangkok, there were clashes between police and anti-government protesters, resulting at least three deaths,including a police officer, with dozens wounded. Thai police had been attempting to reclaim protest sites around government offices in Bangkok and to allow traffic to proceed through blocked intersections.
Meanwhile, the country's National Anti-Corruption Commission announced it would file charges against Yingluck over the management of the country's multibillion-dollar rice subsidy program. The scheme, introduced in 2011, has long been criticized as a waste of time and money, losing around $4.3 billion on the 2011-2012 crop, the last time losses were reported.
The program was meant to increase rural income –and thereby consumption – by buying rice from farmers at higher than the market rate. However there have been reports that farmers haven't been paid in around four months.
(Read more: Thai rice subsidies: damned if you do, and don't)
Last month, Vichai Sriprasert, CEO of Riceland International, a Thai rice exporter, told CNBC that he believed at least a third of the $24 billion in total funding was lost through theft and corruption, with only a third of the sums actually reaching farmers.