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Thai opposition leader seeks compromise to avert bloodshed

Published on Apr 24, 2014 2:52 PM

BANGKOK (REUTERS) - Alarmed by the prospect of bloodshed in Thailand as a six-month political crisis nears a critical juncture, former Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has called for talks between the government and its foes, urging compromise to restore stability.

The 49-year-old leader of Thailand's main opposition Democrat Party has joined street demonstrations in Bangkok aiming to force out Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, and his party boycotted a Feb 2 election, which was nullified by a court in March after widespread disruption.

But now Abhisit appears to be putting some distance between himself and the protesters.

Violence is threatening to increase, he told foreign media in an interview late on Wednesday.

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