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In pictures: Bangkok stand-off

Thai riot police stand outside Government House on 4 September 2008

More than a week after demonstrations began, thousands of anti-government protesters and riot police are engaged in a stand-off on the streets of Bangkok.

A billboard attacking ousted leader Thaksin Shinawatra and his wife on 4 September 2008

The protesters want the government to step down, because they say it is both corrupt and an proxy for ousted leader Thaksin Shinawatra.

A protester listens as the television broadcasts the prime minister's radio address on 4 September 2008

But in a radio address, Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej said he was standing firm, and accused the protesters of threatening anarchy.

A protester reacts to the news that the prime minister is not stepping down on 4 September 2008

Mr Samak says he will put the protesters' concerns to a national referendum. But the demonstrators reacted angrily and vowed to remain in place.

Protesters take a nap outside Government House on 4 September 2008

Many of them have been sleeping in the government compound, which they have occupied since the demonstrations began on 26 August.

Tourists walk down travellers' hub Khao San road on 4 September 2008

The protests are confined to a small area of Bangkok. But there is concern that they could drive tourists away, exacerbating Thailand's economic woes.



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