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NSC warns of violence over rice rally The Nation / Phuket GazettePHUKET: The National Security Council (NSC) yesterday warned of a possible escalation in violence as rice farmers link up with anti-government protesters to mount pressure on Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and her crew to step down.

Thousands of farmers have vowed to rally today at the Office of the Permanent Secretary for Defence to demand not only that the government's rice-pledging scheme pay them, but also that the whole Cabinet step down to let others solve the problem for them.

Yingluck reportedly often works at this office instead of Government House after the anti-government People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) sprang up and won solid support from Bangkok residents.