Thailand: Truce for King’s birthday

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Thai riots flagThe Thai government has negotiated a truce with protesters in the streets of the capital for the next several days to honor the December 5 birthday of the country’s King, the National Security Council said on December 3.

On the same day, protestors declared victory as they were able to remove barricades to enter Government House and the Metropolitan Police headquarters in Bangkok, and police stopped shooting tear gas grenades at them and instead suddenly began to hand out red roses.

However, there hasn’t been a sign that Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is stepping down despite she declared she is willing to do that and dissolve the House “for the sake of peace in the country”.

Meanwhile, protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban said December 3’s success was only a “partial victory”. Protests will continue until the “Thaksin regime” is finally brought down despite the occupation of the Metropolitan Police Bureau and Government House grounds. He also made it clear that the resignation of the prime minister or the dissolution of parliament would “not be enough” to end the rallies – not until the Thaksin influence was “uprooted” from the country.

The Network of Students and People for Thailand’s Reform (NSPTR) also said it will continue to protest, network leader Uthai Yodmanee said.

He announced that the protests would continue because Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra had not resigned or dissolved the House of Representives,  members of the Shinawatra family had not left the country, and the “people’s assembly” had not been established as demanded.

“We will declare victory and end the rally only after these goals have been achieved,” he said.

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The Thai government has negotiated a truce with protesters in the streets of the capital for the next several days to honor the December 5 birthday of the country’s King, the National Security Council said on December 3.

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Thai riots flagThe Thai government has negotiated a truce with protesters in the streets of the capital for the next several days to honor the December 5 birthday of the country’s King, the National Security Council said on December 3.

On the same day, protestors declared victory as they were able to remove barricades to enter Government House and the Metropolitan Police headquarters in Bangkok, and police stopped shooting tear gas grenades at them and instead suddenly began to hand out red roses.

However, there hasn’t been a sign that Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is stepping down despite she declared she is willing to do that and dissolve the House “for the sake of peace in the country”.

Meanwhile, protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban said December 3’s success was only a “partial victory”. Protests will continue until the “Thaksin regime” is finally brought down despite the occupation of the Metropolitan Police Bureau and Government House grounds. He also made it clear that the resignation of the prime minister or the dissolution of parliament would “not be enough” to end the rallies – not until the Thaksin influence was “uprooted” from the country.

The Network of Students and People for Thailand’s Reform (NSPTR) also said it will continue to protest, network leader Uthai Yodmanee said.

He announced that the protests would continue because Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra had not resigned or dissolved the House of Representives,  members of the Shinawatra family had not left the country, and the “people’s assembly” had not been established as demanded.

“We will declare victory and end the rally only after these goals have been achieved,” he said.

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