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Thai protesters say open to talks to avert bloodshed

Thai anti-government protesters occupying an upmarket commercial area are willing to hold talks through a third party to avert bloody clashes with troops, two of its leaders said.

The supporters of ousted former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra told Reuters a military crackdown was imminent and they would now consider offers of dialogue, but not from the government.

“We believe a crackdown is coming before April 25 and we need to make a compromise,” said one leader, Kwanchai Praina. “I will propose in a meeting later today that we consider house dissolution in three months.” (Reuters)