Thai Protestors Surrender to Gov't Forces

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BANGKOK, Thailand -- The streets in Bangkok have returned to normal just a few hours after leaders of the anti-government protestors, the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship or UDD, peacefully surrendered.

The red-shirted leaders feared more bloodshed and they say their surrender is a strategic move to help advance their cause.

But there are other people have gone out to the streets to protest against the government. They say they are ordinary citizens who have assembled to condemn the violence done by the military against the demonstrators.

"We just want democracy back," one person said. " the military to get out.

Casualties Higher Than Reported?

One woman was crying over the death of her nephew who was shot by the military in Tuesday's clash. She says what pains her family is that her nephew's body is missing.

Some also claim that the number of people who were killed and injured during the riots is higher than what reports say.

From what is happening, CBN News can see that the political situation in Thailand is not that stable yet and the Abhisit government has yet to prove its durability in the coming days.

Meanwhile, most Thai citizens are happy the street protests have ended to give way to the Songkran festival, which is their new year celebration.

But they too are convinced that behind the revelry is a year filled with political challenges.

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