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Anti-government protesters pour cement on concrete barriers to seal the gate of the prime minister’s office of government house during a rally in Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, Feb. 17, 2014. Suthep Thaugsuban led hundreds of protesters to surround the government house after hearing that Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra will this week return to work at her office. (AP Photo/Wason Wanichakorn)

Anti-government protesters pour cement on concrete barriers to seal the gate of the prime minister’s office of government house during a rally in Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, Feb. 17, 2014. Suthep Thaugsuban led hundreds of protesters to surround the government house after hearing that Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra will this week return to work at her office. (AP Photo/Wason Wanichakorn)

Angry Thai farmers react, after the talks with Finance Minister Kittirat Na Ranong, on the outskirts of Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, Feb. 17, 2014. Hundreds of disgruntled Thai farmers breached razor-wire barricades outside the prime minister’s temporary office Monday to protest the government’s delayed payments from last year’s rice crops. (AP Photo/Wason Wanichakorn)

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BANGKOK (AP) — Thai police have detained and removed about 100 anti-government protesters who were camped out near a government ministry in Bangkok.

It’s a sign that the government is taking steps to clear out demonstrators who have been blocking access to some government offices since late last year in an attempt to force Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra from power.

Protest leader Rawee Matchamadon said Tuesday that police rounded up about 100 demonstrators outside the Energy Ministry, north of the city. They were taken away in police trucks for questioning at a police base, Rawee said.

Live footage on Tnews cable television showed no resistance from the protesters during the operation.

The government’s special security command announced Monday that it would reclaim five protest sites around the city.

Associated Press

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