Dec. 3 (UPI) -- The Government of Thailand announced it had reached a truce with anti-government demonstrators for the next several days to honor the birthday of Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who turns 86 today.
Under the truce, police removed barriers to many government buildings including its metropolitan office and Government House, headquarters to the prime minister's administration, to allow protestors in. Protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban asserted that, despite the truce, efforts to oust Prime Minister Yingluk Shinawatra would continue.
Anti-government protests, led by the opposition Democrat Party, have been on-going for several weeks. Protestors are calling for the removal of the prime minister, whom they accuse of acting on behalf of her brother, ousted former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. Protests were mostly peaceful until this past weekend, when a gun fight erupted between demonstrators and pro-government supporters. [CNN] [UPI]