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Thai PM calls for peace, urges protesters to talk

Tuesday, December 03, 2013 - 01:20

Dec. 3 - Thai Prime Minister Shinawatra insists no violence be used against protesters and urges them to talk after thousands pour into Government House. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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An air of celebration on the lawn of Thailand's Government House as police are ordered to stand down after days of violent protests calling for new leadership. Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra wants to give peace a chance, (SOUNDBITE) (Thai) THAI PRIME MINISTER YINGLUCK SHINAWATRA SAYING: "Even though the situation has not returned to normal, the situation is easing so far. The government has urged police and military officers to respond without violence." As the country prepares to celebrate the King's birthday she calls for talks. (SOUNDBITE) (Thai) THAI PRIME MINISTER YINGLUCK SHINAWATRA SAYING: "I would like to ask all academics, businessmen and all people including the protesters to take part in brainstorming to find the answer. The solution will reform the country under His Majesty the King." But some say the protests are not over. (SOUNDBITE) (Thai) UNIDENTIFIED PROTESTER SAYING: "It's not over yet. This is just part of it, because the Prime Minister has not resigned or dissolved the house yet, and we have not got what we want yet." The protests were the latest eruption of conflict between the Bangkok-based establishment and forces loyal to Yingluck and her brother, former premier Thaksin Shinawatra.

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Thai PM calls for peace, urges protesters to talk

Tuesday, December 03, 2013 - 01:20