Police will not use violence against protesters-Yingluck
Monday, December 02, 2013 - 01:05
Dec. 2 - Thai PM Yingluck Shinawatra says police will not use force against demonstrators in anti-government riots that continue to escalate. Julie Noce reports.
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Anti-government protests heat up again Monday in Bangkok as thousands of demonstrators battle with police in and around the capital city.
Here in front of the Government House, where Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's office is located, protesters throw rocks and petrol bombs at police who volley back with water cannon, tear gas and rubber bullets.
The protests turned violent last week with more than 100 people injured and at least three people reported killed.
Prime Minister Yingluck told reporters that police would not use force and that she would explore every avenue to find a solution.
(SOUNDBITE) (Thai) THAI PRIME MINISTER YINGLUCK SHINAWATRA SAYING:
"Police officers will not use violence with the people but it is necessary for us to protect the government buildings because all the government buildings are used to serve the other 60 millions Thais."
The fighting is the latest in a conflict pitting Bangkok's middle class and royalist elite against the mostly poor, rural supporters of Yingluck and her brother, Thaksin Shinawatra, a populist former prime minister who was ousted in a military coup in 2006 and lives in self-imposed exile.
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