|Thai protesters reach PM Yingluck’s doorstep
Thai anti-government protesters have crossed heavily fortified barriers and reached the gates of the prime minister's office without resistance from the police.
Earlier today, police used cranes to remove concrete slabs and barbed wire barricades on a road leading to the nearby city police headquarters after agreeing to let the protesters into the building.
The unexpected reversal of strategy by the government suggests it no longer wants to confront the protesters after three days of clashes. Government officials did not comment on the developments. At least three people have died and more than 230 people have been injured in street battles.
Protesters milled outside the gates of the prime minister's office, known as Government House, and made no attempt to go through the gray gates of the sprawling compound.
Metropolitan Police chief Lieutenant General Kamronwit Thoopkrajang said police would no longer try to fend off protesters at the police base.
“The Metropolitan Police Headquarters belongs to the public.’’
“There will be no use of tear gas today. Last night a police officer was injured by a gunshot so if we resist there will be more injuries, and we are all Thais.’’ —AP/AFP