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In pictures: Thai stand-off

A wears a "Love the King" headband outside Government House in Bangkok, Thailand on Thursday

Anti-government demonstrators in Thailand have entered the third day of their occupation of a government complex in Bangkok.

Demonstrators pile up rubbish bags in Government House, Bangkok on Thursday

Protesters have defied a court order to vacate the site, but as the rubbish mounts, conditions are deteriorating.

Chamlong Srimuang speaks to media in Government House, Bangkok, on Thursday

Chamlong Srimuang - a leader in the People's Alliance for Democracy, the group which organised the protests - has told the world's media that protesters will stay put until the government resigns.

Demonstrators pass food over the barricades around Government House in Bangkok on Thursday

To that end, protesters have built barricades around the complex, and some have formed a human chain around it.

An anti-government protester clutches a piece of metal piping at the gates of Government House in Bangkok on Thursday

At present the situation is calm, if tense. But the protesters are armed with makeshift weapons - here, a piece of metal piping - and there is always the risk of violence.

Thai soldiers rest near Government House in Bangkok on Thursday

Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej has wavered on how tough to be against the protesters. At the moment, riot police are just relaxing and watching proceedings from outside the compound.

Occupying protesters sleep in the grounds of Government House, Bangkok, on Thursday

For the time being, both sides seem content to sit it out, in the hope that their opponents will be the first to give way.

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