Dozens of arrests at protest site

Police arrested dozens of opposition protesters during an operation Tuesday to seize back besieged government buildings in the capital Bangkok, a senior official said.

About 100 demonstrators were detained at an energy ministry complex on charges of violating a state of emergency, National Security Council chief Paradorn Pattanatabut told AFP.

"There was no resistance," he said. "They were overwhelmed by the police forces."

It is the first time such a large number of protesters have been arrested since mass rallies seeking to overthrow Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra began more than three months ago.

Mr Paradorn said demonstrators had also agreed to reopen roads into another government complex in the northern outskirts of Bangkok to enable officials to return to work.

Riot police with batons, shields and helmets were also deployed near the government headquarters, after protesters returned to areas around the complex following a similar police operation on Friday to reclaim the building.

On Monday, demonstrators poured buckets of cement onto a sandbag wall in front of a gate to Government House.

The protesters are demanding Yingluck resign and hand power to a temporary, unelected government that would carry out reforms to tackle corruption and alleged misuse of public funds before new elections are held.

Yingluck's government held a general election on February 2 in an attempt to defuse tensions, but the opposition boycotted the vote, saying it would not end the kingdom's long-running political crisis.

Her opponents say she is a puppet for her brother Thaksin Shinawatra, a billionaire tycoon-turned-premier who was ousted in a military coup more than seven years ago and fled overseas in 2008 to avoid jail for a corruption conviction.

The video and photo gallery above capture the events surrounding the anti-government protests in Bangkok on Tuesday, Feb 18, 2014. (Bangkok Post video and photos)

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Discussion 1 : 18/02/2014 at 02:47 PM
Yes, good idea! Arrest all criminals and arrest everyone who aids and abets criminals. If the so called Yingluck government would listen to the people and not the fugitive criminal Thaksin then we wouldn’t be in this mess!
Discussion 2 : 18/02/2014 at 11:45 AM
"There was no resistance" What a difference to the violent red-shirts in 2010.
Discussion 3 : 18/02/2014 at 11:05 AM
Please notice how there wasnt violence on behalf on protestors .
Discussion 4 : 18/02/2014 at 11:03 AM
It is time to bring law and order to the capital.
Discussion 5 : 18/02/2014 at 10:39 AM
"her opponents say she is a puppet for her brother". It's not only her opponents who say that. It's a commonly known FACT. She admits it herself, in less unflattering words of course. The whole PT goes on political meetings abroad with Thaksin. Why is this not illegal?
Discussion 6 : 18/02/2014 at 10:07 AM
Typical Thai Police - arrest the minnows while the sharks get away.
Discussion 7 : 18/02/2014 at 10:04 AM
Violating emergency decree? This should have been done long time ago. Somebody has to get crashed before we can see an end. If the govt let these demontrators do whatever they want, this could go on for a long time. Speed up the round up and clear the streets.
Discussion 8 : 18/02/2014 at 09:49 AM
"There was no resistance," he said. "They were overwhelmed by the police forces." It's about time! Now, arrest Suthep & try him for insurrection & let Thailand resume the delayed elections.

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