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Hundreds of 'white mask' protesters rally in Bangkok's shopping district

Published on Jun 23, 2013 8:05 PM

BANGKOK (AFP) - Hundreds of anti-government protesters - many wearing white masks - converged on Bangkok's shopping district, the Thai police said on Sunday, in a reminder of the kingdom's political divisions.

The demonstration by the V for Thailand movement - an enigmatic protest group spawned over social media whose supporters wear the masks of comic book hero V - was the fourth this month outside the Central World complex in the heart of the city.

"About 1,500 white-mask protesters attended a protest," Deputy Metropolitan police chief Parinya Jansuriya said, adding the protest - which lasted several hours - was "peaceful".

Thailand has been plagued by political divisions and sometimes violent street protests involving so-called "red-shirt" supporters of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra - and her self-exiled brother Thaksin - and "yellow-shirts" who support the pro-establishment opposition.

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