In a statement made after a special cabinet meeting, Shinawatra pleaded with the public to protect democracy, and urged protestors to stop the rally and to start preparing for the next general elections slated for Feb 2, 2014, a news agency reported.

The Prime Minister said that she had made every compromise possible, and wished to be treated fairly. Anti-government protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban on Monday asked Shinawatra and cabinet ministers to resign within 24 hours. Suthep also called for protests for three more days.

Protestors have demanded that the incumbent government be replaced by an unelected "people's council" and an interim administration formed by non-politicians.

Thousands of protestors marched to besiege the Government House Monday. No conflicts were reported between the police and protestors.


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