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Thai Red Shirts open up to talks

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Thai Red Shirts open up to talks


Thailand’s Red Shirt protesters have said they would hold indirect talks with the government to avoid further clashes with security forces.

Demonstrators have been camped out on the streets of the capital Bangkok for six weeks to call for Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva to step down.

It marks a turning point in the political crisis as the demonstrators had previously ruled out any negotiating.

But now armed troops are threathening to evict them from their base and the Red Shirts have been busy reinforcing barricades to protect themselves.

The protesters are close to ousted former premier Thaksin Shinawatra, who is now living in exile to avoid a jail sentence for corruption.

The Reds, who draw much of their support from the rural poor, say Abhisit’s government is undemocratic.

British born and educated at Eton and Oxford, Abshit came to power after a court ruling removed Thaksin’s allies from office.

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