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Thai protesters pin hopes on winning support from security forces

Anti-government protesters in Thailand pinned their hopes on winning support from the powerful security forces on Thursday to move forward a campaign to oust Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and install an unelected administration.

A small group of anti-government protesters climbed over the walls into the grounds of the prime minister’s office on Thursday, but quickly left after they moved aside internal barricades, a Reuters reporter said. The protesters said they wanted the police to withdraw from Government House. Riot police in the area held their positions, and there was no confrontation.

Protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban, a firebrand veteran politician, has asked police and military chiefs to meet him by Thursday evening and choose their side in the latest crisis engulfing Southeast Asia’s second-biggest economy.

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