Anti-government protests in Thailand
The leader of Thailand’s anti-government protests said late Sunday he has had a face-to-face talk with Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, but that he refused to back down from his movement’s demand that her administration step down in favor of an appointed council.
Suthep Thaugsuban said in a speech to supporters at one of the protest encampments that the meeting with was held under the auspices of the military, which says it is neutral in the conflict.
Suthep insisted to his supporters that the talk did not constitute negotiations. The protesters had dubbed Sunday “victory day” but failed to attain their main stated goal of taking over the prime minister’s offices, despite engaging in pitched street battles. (AP)