BANGKOK -- Hundreds of high school students besieged Thailand's Ministry of Education on Wednesday and harangued and booed the education minister when he came to speak to them, in the latest in a growing series of anti-government protests.

The students demanded a better education and said the administration of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha was not competent to deliver it and should resign.

About 400 students wearing school uniforms with white ribbons, a symbol of the protest movement, joined in anti-government chants and gave three-fingered salutes, a sign of resistance to oppression borrowed from the movie "The Hunger Games." Some tied white bows to the gates of the ministry.

When Education Minister Nataphol Teepsuwan and his aides appeared, a rising chorus of jeers began. He tried to talk to some students near the front of the group, only to be roundly scolded and told he was late so should go to the back.

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