Fresh hopes of a ceasefire in Thailand’s political standoff after a leading Red Shirt activist said the movement is ready to hold talks with the government.
The Red Shirts said the negotiations will be mediated by the Thai Senate, although a government spokesman told the Reuters news agency that there was “no official position” yet on the proposal.
All previous attempts to end the violence have failed. Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva U-turned on an offer to hold November elections after protest leaders made more demands.
The once-peaceful mass rallies, demanding the resignation of a government that they say is undemocratic and elitist, have turned increasingly bloody.
Violent clashes have claimed the lives of at least 37 people over the past six days. The area of central Bangkok where the Red Shirts are based would normally be buzzing with tourists; it now resembles a war zone.