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Thai police push out street protesters, briefly

February 14, 2014 • World News


Anti-government protesters attempt to hold back riot police trying to retake a protest site in Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, Feb. 14, 2014. Riot police cleared anti-government protesters from a major boulevard in the Thai capital in a small victory for authorities Friday as they try to reclaim areas that have been closed during a three-month push to unseat Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)

BANGKOK (AP) — Riot police managed to clear anti-government protesters from a major boulevard in the Thai capital in a small but brief victory as authorities try to reclaim areas that have been closed during a three-month push to unseat Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

Hundreds of helmeted police with riot shields met no resistance Friday as they dismantled a sprawling protest camp in Bangkok’s historic quarter near the prime minister’s office compound, known as Government House. The office has been closed since December by protesters camped nearby.

Faced with the prospect of clashing with militant protesters coming from other sites to reclaim the area, police later withdrew, allowing demonstrators to occupy the street again. By evening, tents were re-erected in the area. Police also retreated from another protest venue after hundreds of demonstrators refused to leave.

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