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Thai protesters to end siege at PM's office

Anti-government demonstrators will end their sit-in at the PM's office compound and relocate to the airports.

A People's Alliance for Democracy protester holds a portrait of Thai king and queen during a rally at the besieged Suvarnabhumi international airport in Bangkok on Dec 1 2008.
A People's Alliance for Democracy protester holds a portrait of Thai king and queen during a rally at the besieged Suvarnabhumi international airport in Bangkok on Dec 1 2008.

BANGKOK // A key protest leader says Thai anti-government demonstrators will end their sit-in at the prime minister's office compound and relocate to the capital's besieged airports. Chamlong Srimuang has called on protesters who have occupied Government House since Aug 26 to "move to the airports to support our people there". The move does not represent a softening of the protest group's stance.

Mr Chamlong told supporters today that they should move because it was not safe to remain at Government House. Several grenades have been lobbed at protesters, wounding dozens. Protesters from the People's Alliance for Democracy seized both Bangkok airports last week, shutting the Thai capital to all commercial air traffic. *AP