April 23, 2010 / 11:31 AM / 9 years ago

Thailand's red shirts say open to talks with govt

BANGKOK, April 23 (Reuters) - The leader of Thailand’s red shirts said on Friday they were ready to open talks with the government to end a prolonged and bloody political impasse.

Veera Musikapong said the group had changed its main demand for immediate dissolution of parliament to a 30-day timeframe.

In a statement read before supporters, he also demanded troops be withdrawn from around the protest site and an independent probe into an April 10 clash with protesters that killed 25 people, and Thursday night’s grenade attacks. (Reporting by nopporn Wong-Anan; Writing by Bill Tarrant; Editing by Martin Petty )

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