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Bangkok Shutdown: Military sticks to sidelines in Thai crisis, protests continue

Published on Jan 19, 2014 1:58 PM

BANGKOK (REUTERS) - Thailand's military chief urged both sides in the country's prolonged political crisis to settle their differences, with signs that opposition protests against the government could be running out of steam.

Anti-government firebrand Suthep Thaugsuban led thousands in a march through the Thai capital on Sunday demanding Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra step down.

But the overall size of the protest numbers has been tailing off. At one major protest site on Saturday night, the number of demonstrators was in the dozens, with one closed-off street largely filled with food and t-shirt vendors.

"Now, all of us need to help each other in taking care of our own nation," supreme armed forces commander Thanasak Patimapakorn told local reporters after Saturday's Army Day parade.

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