BANGKOK—Life in Bangkok started returning to normal Thursday as Thailand’s capital began to clean up the mess left by a monthslong protest, but a solution to the country’s deep-seated political problems appeared no closer.
While government troops dealt with some remaining pockets of resistance from a small number of militant protesters, and most of the more than 30 fires that engulfed buildings across the city had been put out, there were still concerns that Red Shirt protesters could soon return to make trouble in the capital or the rural heartland of Thailand soon.
The government extended a curfew in Bangkok and 23 provinces through May 22, requiring residents to stay indoors from 9 p.m. until 5 a.m.
A military push forced many protest leaders to surrender to police and leave their encampment in central Bangkok on Wednesday. Yet many of their followers scattered and remained at large.
Many more sympathizers—believed to be a significant portion of Thailand’s population—harbor antigovernment views, especially in rural areas northeast of the capital.