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Protesters in Bangkok retreat to park but crisis no closer to solution

Published on Mar 3, 2014 3:10 PM
 
Farmers take part in a rally demanding the Yingluck administration resolve delays in payment, at the office of the auditor general in Bangkok, on March 3, 2014. Anti-government protesters in Thailand have retreated to a central Bangkok park, freeing up traffic after blocking big intersections for more than a month, but Thailand's four-month political crisis looks no closer to a solution. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BANGKOK (REUTERS) - Anti-government protesters in Thailand have retreated to a central Bangkok park, freeing up traffic after blocking big intersections for more than a month, but Thailand's four-month political crisis looks no closer to a solution.

The protesters, who moved to Lumpini Park over the weekend after orders from protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban, are now banking on judicial intervention from courts hostile to Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to bring down her government.

"Bangkokians are able to go to work more easily but the state of play in Thailand has not changed since protesters scaled back," said Dr Siripan Nogsuan Sawasdee, a political analyst at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok.

"He (Suthep) realises that the fate of the government won't be determined by his group but lies in the hands of independent organisations - the anti-corruption body and the courts."

 
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