Thai anti-government protesters surround Government House

10:42, March 28, 2010      

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Thai soldiers stand guard at the Government House during a rally by supporters of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, in Bangkok March 27, 2010. Thai "red shirt" protesters raised tensions on Saturday with threats to expel thousands of troops guarding Bangkok's old city during a rally to oust Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva.(Xinhua/Reuters)

Thailand's red-shirted anti- government protestors blocked the Government House on Saturday evening and threatened to enter the compound if the soldiers guarding the building refused to retreat to their barracks.

They issued an ultimatum to Metropolitan Police Division 1 chief Wichai Sangprapai, demanding the troops leave the Government House immediately, television reports said.

Meanwhile police urged the protestors to calm down and not to break into the Government House.

Red-shirted protestors finally agreed not to storm into the compound and returned to their main rally site at Bangkok's Pan Fah Bridge.

The agreement was reached after tense and lengthy negotitaiton between protestors' leaders and senior police officers.

The protestors started surrounding the Government House at about 5pm local time and threatened to storm into the compound if Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva did not dissolve the Lower House of parliament.

Source: Xinhua

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