Thailand’s government says it will accept a ceasefire offer from the opposition Red Shirt protesters to try and bring an end to days of bloody clashes on the streets of Bangkok.
Government officials says the offer came during talks with a Red Shirt leader on Monday, but stressed it would be conditional on the protesters returning to their camp.
Earlier, the 5,000-strong crowd ignored a deadline to quit Bangkok’s commercial district and end their rally.
The once-peaceful protest has turned bloody in recent weeks with street violence claiming 66 lives since the political standoff began two months ago.
One of those is Major General Khattiya Sawasdiphol, a renegade Thai officer who came out in support of the REd Shirts.
Also known as Seh Daeng, the 58-year-old was shot in the head on Thursday while briefing foreign correspondents in Bangkok.
Khattyia worked as a security adviser and military strategist for the Red Shirts. His links with the movement saw him suspended from the Thai army in January.