Thai Protesters Calm DownWorld | April 14, 2009, Tuesday // 12:13| views
Two people died, and about 120 people were injured in clashes involving demonstrators and residents on Monday. Photo by BGNES
Thousands of Thai protesters who had amassed for days outside the government headquarters in the capital Bangkok had started walking away Tuesday.
Soon after the leader, Veera Muksikapong, made his announcement, protesters left by foot or on motorcycles from the area around the Government House, the BBC reported. He called on the protesting ones to suspend their rallies until after the Thai New Year celebrations.
The Thai New Year, or Songkran, began Monday and is traditionally celebrated over several days.
Red-shirted protesters are demanding the resignation of PM Abhisit Vejjajiva - but he has refused and has urged them to go home.
Two people died, and about 120 people were injured in clashes involving demonstrators and residents on Monday. The streets were littered with the burnt wreckage of buses and other barricades.
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