A temporary truce in Thai protests

Tensions ease between police and anti-government demonstrators as country pauses to observe king's birthday.


Protesters have joined Bangkok authorities to clean up the area around Thailand's democracy monument, where tens of thousands of people have camped out during weeks of rallies against Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

The respite comes after police said they would no longer use force against demonstrators attempting to swarm government offices, following days of violence between stone-throwing mobs and police firing tear gas and rubber bullets. In response to the police overture, demonstrators presented officers with flowers.

The temporary truce coincides with the 86th birthday of King Bhumibol Adulyadej on Thursday, a date normally observed with a spirit of calm and reverence for the country's monarch. 

However, anti-government demonstrators - who maintain they have won a battle - say the larger war is still on.