Thailand’s prime minister refused to resign Monday after eight days of protests, but said she is open to talks to find a peaceful resolution. Yingluck Shinawatra said police would not use force against protesters, but the national security chief later reported they were using rubber bullets against the crowd outside Yingluck’s office in Bangkok. Four people have died in Thailand’s protests so far this year, the worst violence in the country since its 2010 riots. Demonstrators have been calling on Yingluck to resign, claiming her brother, ousted leader Thaksin Shinawatra, is still running the government. Monday’s demonstrations appeared smaller than previous days (an estimated 30,000 participated Sunday), but protesters took control of a garbage truck and used it to break through concrete barricades.
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