Thai police move to reclaim protest sites

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Associated Press

Posted on February 14, 2014 at 1:00 AM

Updated Friday, Feb 14 at 3:04 AM

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai authorities have dispatched hundreds of riot police to reclaim key areas in the capital that have been occupied for months by anti-government protesters.

Helmeted police with riot shields marched Friday near Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawtra's office, known as Government House, which has been closed since December due to protesters encamped nearby.

Police called for cooperation through a megaphone: "It is necessary for the police to clear this area.... For your own safety please strictly follow police instructions."

There was no immediate sign of resistance from protesters, whose three-month campaign has left at least 10 people dead and scores injured.

Police have avoided dispersing demonstrators for fear of unleashing greater violence.

The demonstrators have occupied major intersections in Bangkok and forced government ministries to shut down and work elsewhere.

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