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Hopes of tension easing in Thailand after protest leader Suthep consolidates rally sites

Published on Mar 1, 2014 3:43 PM
 
An anti-government protester keeps watch at a campsite in Lumpini Park in Bangkok on Feb 25, 2014. Downtown Bangkok will have its streets back again on Monday, March 3, 2014, when the anti-government People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) winds up its four rally sites and consolidates them into one site in sprawling Lumpini Park. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

DOWNTOWN Bangkok will have its streets back again on Monday, when the anti-government People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) winds up its four rally sites and consolidates them into one site in sprawling Lumpini Park.

The surprise decision by PDRC has raised hopes of tensions easing in the country where violence has left 23 people dead and hundreds wounded in recent weeks.

There are also signs of an opportunity for talks to break the dangerous impasse that has dragged on for over three months, pitting the PDRC against the government led by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawara and backed by her billionaire brother Thaksin Shinawatra.

But the move to consolidate the PDRC protests to just one site in downtown Bangkok does not indicate any backing down, the movement insists.

 
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