Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Thailand's protest leaders surrender

The leaders of antigovernment protest in Thailand have surrendered, after an aggressive raid of the protester's compound in central Bangkok.

Thai government vehicles used force to penetrate barricades and government soldiers stormed into the protest zone on Wednesday morning in a definitive move against demonstrators who have occupied the capital's central retail district, the New York Times has reported.

Jatuporn Prompan, one of the leaders, declared that the rally was over. "We cannot resist against these savages anymore," he said.

Shortly before the surrender, heavy gunfire was continuing in the area, and new roadblocks were being erected to prevent further movement of the protesters.

The Thai Government had rejected pleas from demonstrators for peace talks, and an aid to the Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva had said that "the only way to end this situation is to end the rally".
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