Thai protest leaders to surrender, end sit-in - but the civil war ain't over. This is the opening volley.
Japan expressed "deep concern" Wednesday over the Thai crackdown on antigovernment protesters in central Bangkok that has killed at least four people and injured 40.
Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada said in a statement that Japan will call on the Thai government to make maximum efforts to ensure the safety of Japanese and other foreign nationals in the country.
He also said Tokyo hopes the situation will be settled and order and stability will be restored in Thailand as soon as possible.
Thai troops backed by armored vehicles dispersed protesters from one of barricaded encampments in central Bangkok on Wednesday.
The surrender is merely a temporary deal. Trust me.
Thailand's Red Shirt protest leaders say they are formally ending their anti-government protest and will surrender to authorities to prevent more deaths.
The announcement came after the army overran their heavily barricaded encampment in central Bangkok on Wednesday.
Seven Red Shirt leaders went on stage in the core protest zone to announce their decision, which was greeted with shouts of dismay from the men and women gathered around.
Protest leader Natawut Saikua said "we have done our best." Weng Tojirakarn said "we want to prevent further losses of our Red Shirt brothers and sisters."
He said "let us first prevent further losses of lives," and urged supporters to leave the area. [...]
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