The Thai government has ruled out further talks with the leader of ongoing protests until he surrenders to the police. Former opposition lawmaker Suthep Thaugsuban, who has been helming a month-long protest against the government, faces charges for insurrection and leading the occupation of a government building.
Deputy Prime Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul, who heads a special security team, was quoted by Reuters as telling reporters on Wednesday: "It is time for him to surrender because he broke the law, and anyone who gives him refuge or shelter would be deemed guilty too."
The comments came as anti-government protests in Bangkok were scaled down to prepare for the birthday of King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The revered monarch turns 86, and is scheduled to address the nation, as a truce brought at least a pause to street protests that have created Thailand's most serious political unrest since 2010.
On Wednesday, a crowd of anti-government protesters briefly entered Thailand's national police headquarters on an otherwise calm morning.
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, who has so far refused to resign and dissolve Parliament, held a relatively uneventful meeting in Government House. This came just one day after lawns of its compound were filled with flag-waving protesters, who had battled tear gas and water cannon to breach barricades and were let through by the authorities on Tuesday in a surprising climb-down.
Within the capital's historic district, where thousands of protesters have been camping out for a month in an effort to cripple Ms Yingluck's administration, city officials and protesters joined hands to clean the wide boulevards that would be decked with lights to honour the King.