"We are fellow Thais. Why do we have to hurt one another?
"I have retreated so far and I don't know where to retreat further.
"Do you (anti-government protesters) want me to not even set foot on Thai soil?" Ms Yingluck, also defence minister, said at the Thai Army Club where the weekly cabinet meeting was held and lasted about one hour.
She called on the protesters to not condemn the Shinawatra clan, and asked the opposition Democrat Party to help preserve democracy by taking part in the Feb 2 general election.
The video clip above, uploaded to YouTube by marchu mutu, shows the prime minister breaking down in tears while giving a speech on national television on Tuesday morning.