Protests at Thai power sell-off

Violence broke out after protestors tried to prevent staff at Thailand's Electricity Generating Authority (EGAT) from entering its Bangkok headquarters. The government plans to sell a 16% stake in EGAT for $855m (£492m). Critics have claimed the sell-off will lead to higher electricity prices and are mounting a legal challenge. A Thai court is set to rule on Tuesday whether the part-privatisation - Thailand's single largest flotation - should be put on hold while legal challenges are heard. Thai media said the violent scuffles involved only a handful of the hundreds of protestors who camped outside EGAT's headquarters. Uncertainty over whether the flotation will proceed as planned hit the Thai stock market, which fell 1% in trading on Monday.