Thai riot police pulled back from a barricade erected by “red shirt” protesters in Bangkok’s Silom business district and the protesters also retreated to their camp behind it, a Reuters photographer said on Friday.
Earlier on Friday, tension in the area had risen as hundreds of riot police moved right up to the barrier, demanding it be dismantled. Protesters had climbed onto the barricade, made up mostly of tyres, and poured what appeared to be fuel over it, the photographer said.
A series of grenade blasts in that area killed three people late on Thursday. The government said the grenades were fired from the red shirt protest area. Leaders of the red shirts, who are demanding fresh elections, denied they were responsible.
(Reporting by Vivek Prakash; Writing by Alan Raybould; Editing by Alex Richardson)