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Thai protesters OK poll date but set new demands

BANGKOK — Thai anti-government protesters say they accept Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva's proposal to hold elections in November but will not end their Bangkok protest unless a top government official surrenders to authorities.

Red Shirt protest leader Nattawut Saikua said Monday that they agreed with Abhisit's proposal to dissolve Parliament in late September ahead of proposed Nov. 14 elections.

But he demanded that Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban turn himself in to face criminal charges over violent clashes involving security forces during the two-month standoff. He said protesters will remain camped in a central commercial district of Bangkok until Suthep does so.

Violence during the protests has left nearly 30 dead and hundreds injured.

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