BANGKOK, Feb. 28 (Xinhua) -- Thai anti-government protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban on Friday night announced the operation to paralyze the capital Bangkok, which has lasted from Jan. 13, will be ended on March 3.
Protesters will withdraw from all rally sites in the city except the one at the Lumpini Park, Suthep said while addressing protesters.
All future activities will be moved to the park, he added.
The shutdown operation, during which a number of government offices and major intersections have been besieged or occupied, has been aimed at pressuring caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to step down. Yingluck has repeatedly and categorically rejected the request.
But Suthep added that to abandon rally sites does not mean the fight to oust the Yingluck government is over.
"We'll continue to close down government offices and businesses of the Shinawatra family as usual and our fight will be more intense," Suthep was quoted by Bangkok Post as saying.
A string of shooting and bomb explosions at protest sites over the past days has resulted in the death of four children and other persons, as well as injuries to dozens. The attackers have remained at large.
Suthep apologized to people in Bangkok for the inconvenience the operation has brought about, saying, "I'm determined to end this by March so we can start national reform."
Suthep earlier proposed holding one-on-one talks with Yingluck, demanding that the talks be broadcast live on TV.
In response, Yingluck said that she agreed to peaceful talks, provided they are in line with the constitution and Suthep is ready to terminate the prolonged street protest to facilitate the wrapping-up of the incomplete election process.
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Yingluck has been given 15 days to prepare her clarification on the charges, NACC member Vichai Vivitsevi was quoted as saying by MCOT, a state-owned broadcasting group. Full story
BANGKOK, Feb. 27 (Xinhua) -- Thailand's anti-government protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban on Thursday agreed to hold talks with caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on the condition that the talks are one-on-one and broadcast live on TV.
The talks must be broadcast live on all TV channels so that people across the country can hear them, Suthep reportedly said on a rally stage. Full story