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Dozens of arrests as police raid Thai protest site

Published on Feb 18, 2014 10:02 AM
 
Soldiers stand guard at the temporary office of Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra during a protest in Bangkok. Thai police arrested dozens of opposition protesters during an operation on Tuesday to seize back besieged government buildings. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BANGKOK (AFP) - Thai police arrested dozens of opposition protesters during an operation on Tuesday to seize back besieged government buildings in the capital Bangkok, a senior official said.

About 100 demonstrators were detained at an energy ministry complex on charges of violating a state of emergency, National Security Council chief Paradorn Pattanatabut told AFP.

“There was no resistance,” he said. “They were overwhelmed by the police forces.” It is the first time such a large number of protesters have been arrested since mass rallies seeking to overthrow Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra began more than three months ago.

Paradorn said demonstrators had also agreed to reopen roads into another government complex in the northern outskirts of Bangkok to enable officials to return to work.

 
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