Stir intensifies, Thai PM for talks

Bangkok, October 18

Thousands of anti-government protesters took over key intersections in Bangkok on Sunday, defying a ban on protests for the fourth day with chants of “down with dictatorship and reform the monarchy.”

Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, an ex-junta leader the protesters seek to oust, is concerned about the spreading protests and the government wants to talk, his spokesman said. Demonstrations have persisted despite arrests, use of water cannon and shutdowns in a bid to quell over three months of street action.

Protesters accuse the PM of engineering last year’s election to keep the power he seized in a 2014 coup — an accusation he denies. — Reuters

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