Thai anti-gov protest leader: Campaign's not over

Thai anti-government protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban said today that he will continue the fight to oust Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, despite a government decision earlier not to confront protesters.

Protest leader and former deputy prime minister Suthep Thaugsuban says his campaign to oust the government is 'not over'
Protest leader and former deputy prime minister Suthep Thaugsuban says his campaign to oust the government is 'not over' Credit: Reuters

"Today we won a partial victory but we will fight on until the Thaksin regime has been driven out," he said in a speech to supporters, a reference to the influence Yingluck's brother, former premier Thaksin Shinwatra.

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Earlier, the government ordered police to stand down and allow protesters into state buildings, removing a flashpoint for clashes and effectively bringing an end to days of violence in Bangkok in which five people have died.

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