Thailand's prime minister says she cannot comply with demands by the anti-government opposition because they are unconstitutional.
In a televised news conference on Monday, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra confirmed that she met with anti-government protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban late Sunday. She said the meeting was held under the auspices of the military, which says it is neutral in the conflict.
She told reporters that Suthep's demands that she resign, dissolve parliament and turn the government over to an unelected "people's council" was not possible under the law.
The prime minister said she was willing to do anything she could to make people happy, but what she could do must be legal under the constitution.
Her comments came as police continued to fire tear gas, water cannon and rubber bullets at thousands of protesters trying to seize government buildings in Bangkok.
The protesters had set Sunday as "Victory Day" to topple Ms. Yingluck's government, but failed to achieve their goal of seizing the prime minister's office at Government House or occupying state buildings.