Thai government defuses confrontation, protest leader says not over

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Reuters - 12/03/13, By Panarat Thepgumpanat


Anti-government protesters listen to a speech from a protest leader after they entered the compound of Government House, the site of fierce clashes with police over the last few days, in Bangkok December 3, 2013. REUTERS/Kerek Wongsa


Thailand's government ordered police on Tuesday to stop confronting protesters demanding the resignation of the prime minister, raising hope that days of political violence may end, but the leader of the campaign said the fight would go on.

After days of firing teargas and rubber bullets to hold them off, police handed out roses to flag-waving protesters after the barricades were brought down. The protesters mingled with police, shouted slogans and left peacefully.