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Thai protest leader rejects compromise but says "no civil war"

Published on Jan 12, 2014 3:46 PM
 
Thai protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban (centre) clinches his fist as he leads a protest march through the streets of Bangkok on Jan 9, 2014. The leader of a movement trying to topple Thailand's government said he would call off his protest if civil war threatened to break out but rejected any compromise with the government ahead of a planned "shutdown" of the capital. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

BANGKOK (REUTERS) - The leader of a movement trying to topple Thailand's government said he would call off his protest if civil war threatened to break out but rejected any compromise with the government ahead of a planned "shutdown" of the capital.

Supporters of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra were rallying in her defence on Sunday but steered clear of Bangkok, where people went about their business as usual.

The anti-government protesters accuse Ms Yingluck and her brother, former premier Thaksin Shinawatra, of corruption. She has called an election for Feb 2 but protesters want her caretaker government to step down immediately.

Protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban ruled out talks with the government in an interview published on Sunday, but said he would stand down his movement if, as some fear, violence escalates and civil war looms.

 
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