Thai 'red shirt' protesters seek arrest of deputy PM

BANGKOK, May 10 (Reuters) - Thai anti-government protesters on Monday blamed the country's deputy prime minister for the deaths of protesters during a clash with soldiers on April 10 and said he must face charges or they would not end their rally. Nattawut Saikua, a co-leader of the United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD), known as the "red shirts", said Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban must turn himself in before they would end their protest. "Once Suthep turns himself in to the police, the UDD will disperse and return home," Nattawut told supporters. Suthep has denied he should be held responsible for the deaths during the clash in which 25 people were killed and more than 800 wounded. (Writing by Jason Szep; Editing by Alex Richardson) Keywords: THAILAND PROTEST/RALLY (Reuters Messaging: alex.richardson.reuters.com@reuters.net; Bangkok Newsroom; +66 2 637 5610) COPYRIGHT Copyright Thomson Reuters 2010. All rights reserved.

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