Protest leader vows to topple government

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'NO BARGAINING'. In his meeting with Thailand PM Yingluck Shinawatra, protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban said that the only solution is "to hand over power to the people." Photo by Pornchai Kittiwongsakul / AFP

The leader of mass opposition protests in Thailand said he had held crisis talks with Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, but vowed to continue his fight to topple the government. The meeting, which was held in secret in the presence of the army, navy and air force commanders, followed an eruption of violence in the Thai capital. Police fired tear gas and water cannon at protesters trying to storm the government headquarters on December 1. The street rallies, aimed at replacing Yingluck’s government with an unelected “people’s council,” are the biggest since mass pro-Thaksin protests in Bangkok 3 years ago left dozens dead in a military crackdown.

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