Thai protesters shun talks after 18 dead

Anti-government protesters take a rest outside a closed upscale shopping area in downtown Bangkok, Thailand, on April 11. Anti-government protesters said on Sunday they would not negotiate an end to violence in the Thai capital after savage clashes between activists and soldiers that killed nearly 20 people and injured hundreds. (AP)

Anti-government protesters say they will not negotiate an end to violence in the Thai capital despite savage clashes between activists and soldiers that killed at least 18 people and injured hundreds.

On Sunday, thousands of 'Red Shirt' protesters swarmed back into an area that had briefly been taken by government forces Saturday night.

A key protest leader, Jatuporn Prompan, announced from a makeshift stage, "There is no more negotiation. Red Shirts will never negotiate with murderers."
He said the protesters have a "duty to honor the dead by bringing democracy to this country."

Another leader, Nattawut Saikua, told reporters funeral rites would be held Sunday evening for 14 dead protesters near where they fell, and that their bodies would be paraded through Bangkok on Monday.

 

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