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Thai police fail to reach deal with protesters to reopen government offices and roads

Published on Feb 16, 2014 5:56 PM
 
Supporters of anti-government protestors live under a huge canopy pitched at the Chaeng Watthana blockade in Bangkok, on Simday, Feb 16, 2014. Thai police and a prominent protest leader failed to reach a deal on Sunday to reopen state offices and roads in Bangkok that have been occupied for months by protesters seeking to overthrow Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. -- PHOTO: AFP

BANGKOK (REUTERS) - Thai police and a prominent protest leader failed to reach a deal on Sunday to reopen state offices and roads in Bangkok that have been occupied for months by protesters seeking to overthrow Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

Talks with Buddhist monk Luang Pu Buddha Issara, a protest leader, failed to free up an occupied government complex in the north of the capital as a third day of a security operation designed to retake sites occupied by protesters drew to a close.

Buddha Issara said the government was using a request to reopen roads as an excuse to crack down on protesters.

"If there is blood loss...will the authorities take responsibility? Or will you blame it on provocateurs?," Buddha Issara asked police representatives.

 
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