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Bangkok police remove barriers around their HQ

December 3, 2013
Associated Press

BANGKOK (AP) — Bangkok police have begun removing concrete barriers and barbed wire around their headquarters, and say they will let anti-government protesters into the building ahead of their threatened assault.

Reporters saw cranes lifting the concrete panels at the Sri Ayutthaya Road in the historic part of the city as protest leaders gave speeches from trucks.

The unexpected move Tuesday is apparently aimed at avoiding further clashes between the two sides that have left at least three people dead and more than 220 people injured.

On Monday night, protester leader Suthep Thaugsuban told his supporters to storm the Bangkok Metropolitan Police Bureau, one of the main buildings they have vowed to seize as part of a campaign to topple the government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.



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