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Suthep claims partial victory as protesters enter Government House

Anti-Thaksin rally leader Suthep Thaugsuban on Tuesday proclaimed a cautious victory in what he called the long fight against the Thaksin regime and the government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

Suthep made it clear to the cheering crowds that the fight would continue to uproot both the regime and the government.

"Today we can enjoy our victory but it is only partial. Our fight will continue as (Prime Minister) Yingluck Shinawatra, her government and the tyranny of the Thaksin regime are still intact and effective," he said.

He made the announcement after hundreds of the anti-government protesters entered the compounds of the Government House and Metropolitan Police Bureau without any resistance from police. The protesters were seen helping police and soldiers to move the cement barricades of front of both facilities that had been erected to block them from entering.

They also blew whistles, the symbols of their fight to chase away the Thaksin regime and the Yingluck government.

Suthep insisted that he would accept neither House dissolution nor resignation of the premier, as ultimately members of Thaksin regime could return to the political arena.

"If Yingluck resigns from the premiership, she could have her sister, Yaowapa Shinawatra, or brother in law Somchai Wongsawat, take the position. If she dissolves the Parliament, her party members would surely use any means to allow them to come back. Moreover, Pheu Thai's politicians earlier banned from politics for five years are coming back, as their bans have already expired," Suthep said.

He said without elaboration that necessary and truly democratic rules and laws should be drafted in order to prevent bad and corrupt politicians from returning to politics.

"After all is in order, I will wash my hands of politics. I have my personal belongings at Democrat Party headquarters already packed, meaning I will no longer work there," he said.

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