Protesters disperse from Thai Government House

THAILAND - The People's Army against the Thaksin Regime agreed on Thursday to disperse from outside the Government House and continue its rally inside Lumpini Park.

Gen Preecha Iamsuwan, a leader of the group, announced the decision to move back to the Lumpini Park at 1.30pm after holding talks with Deputy Police Commissioner-General Pol Gen Worapong Chiewpreecha and Metropolitan Police chief Pol Lt Gen Camronwit Toopgrajank for about half an hour.

Preecha said he had decided to disperse from the Government House to allow the country to save face in light of the visit by the Chinese premier to Government House on Friday.

Following the talks, police allocated 15 buses to transport the protesters to Lumpini Park.

Preecha said his group would decide later whether to rally at the Government House again after the Chinese premier departs Thailand.

"We decided to move back to Lumpini Park out of our love for the country. We care about appearances," Preecha said.

"However, I would affirm that we are not seeking to end our demonstration."

It is understood that some protesters were unhappy with the announcement and complained to the rally organisers.