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Thai police retreat after failed attempts to reclaim some protest sites

Published on Feb 14, 2014 2:02 PM

Thai police began reclaiming some anti-government protest sites in Bangkok on Friday morning, after more than three months of street protests aimed at toppling the caretaker government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

More than 1,000 policemen in full riot gear moved in on the encampment surrounding the prime minister's office in inner Bangkok, clearing tents, sandbags and rubber tyres in order to open a way into the compound. Police cadets were roped in to move sandbags that were carted away in trucks.

They encountered little resistence as most of the protesters were out on a march to other parts of Bangkok.

Metropolitan Police Bureau spokesman Adun Narongsak told The Straits Times that police merely wanted to clear a route into the Government House so that civil servants could enter the building to work. The plan was made known to protest leaders beforehand, he said.

Riot police take a rest with their equipment at the Royal Plaza before moving into anti-government encampment near the Government House in central Bangkok on February 14, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
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