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Thai protesters, government call truce to honour King’s birthday

Thailand government and protesters called truce for the next several days in honour of the birthday of their King, a top government official reportedly said.



Zee Media Bureau

Bangkok: Thailand government and protesters called truce for the next several days in honour of the birthday of their King, a top government official reportedly said.

Lt Gen Paradon Patthanathabut of the National Security Council said that both the sides have agreed to ‘step back’, as per a CNN news report.

The recent development came after the police removed key barriers and protesters were permitted to enter the government’s headquarters.

Earlier, the leader of the anti-government protests, Suthep Thaugsuban, asked the protesters to take over police stations while addressing them soon after an attempt was made to take over the PM’s office.

Shinawatra agreed to negotiate but said that the demand to replace the government was ‘unconstitutional.’

So far, at least four people have been reportedly killed and over 100 injured in the clashes between the government and protestors.

Meanwhile, a warrant was issued by Thai court on Monday evening to arrest Thaugsuban on charges of insurrection.

The protesters allege that the current government is a puppet regime run by the PM’s brother and former PM Thaksin Shinawatra.

At the heart of the protests, that are the largest demonstration since 2010, lies Amnesty Bill that Yingluck`s ruling Pheu Thai party tried to get passed.

The Bill might have felicitated the return of Thaksin Shinawatra, who was ousted by the military in 2006 in a coup.

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