Demonstrators still hold two Thai airports

BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) -- Thailand's government says it still hopes to end the occupation of two airports peacefully, but is ready to evict the demonstrators if necessary.

There's no sign of active preparations for an imminent raid, but about 200 police in riot gear have been seen about 400 yards from the terminal at Bangkok's main airport. That's where thousands of protesters demanding the government's resignation are camped out.

The demonstrators seized the airport on Tuesday, and a secondary airport Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Thailand's national police chief has been demoted in the middle of the crisis. The government has no comment, but newspapers speculate that he was not actively cooperating with government officials to end the crisis.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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