BANGKOK - Thai anti-government protesters yesterday ended a three-month sit-in at the prime minister's offices, redeploying to help demonstrators tighten their paralysing grip on Bangkok's airports.
Leaders of an alliance trying to force premier Somchai Wongsawat to resign said they were leaving Government House because of grenade attacks that killed two protesters and wounded dozens.
But in an apparent climb-down in the stand-off, which has left 350000 travellers stranded, the People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) allowed 37 empty aircraft to fly out of Suvarnabhumi international airport.
"It's too risky to stay at Government House because of repeated attacks on us," PAD spokesman Anchalee Paireerak said. "All of us have started to move now."
An AFP reporter saw hundreds of supporters leaving the heavily fortified compound, last hit by a blast on Sunday that wounded 49 people.
"I will miss it. I would like to stay here," said Wan Ounkonc, 63, before heading off to the domestic Don Mueang airport.
Another PAD spokesman, Suriyasai Katasila, said the movement hoped to hand over the site to the government this morning - Sapa-AFP