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Anti-govt protesters rally at Foreign Ministry

 BANGKOK, Apr 3 - Anti-government protesters rallied at the Foreign Ministry today to urge officials to stop serving the caretaker Yingluck Shinawatra government.
On their arrival at the ministry from their Lumpini Park rally site, they were welcomed by some officials who waved at them and handed over donations to the anti-government movement.
Protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban, secretary general of the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC), was met by Pornpong Kanitthanond, assistant permanent secretary for foreign affairs, who promised to coordinate with his superiors to decide if the protesters would be allowed into the Foreign Ministry compound on Sri Ayutthaya Road.
Mr Suthep originally asked to meet with Sihasak Phuangketkeow, permanent secretary for foreign affairs. Mr Sihasak failed to show up.
The PDRC chief said he would not lead protesters to rally at the nearby Sukosol Hotel where some Foreign Ministry officials were working.

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