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Thai protesters rally against PM ahead of Senate vote

Published on Mar 29, 2014 2:59 PM
 
Anti-government protester waves a Thai national flag during a rally at China town in Bangkok, on March 28, 2014. Tens of thousands of Thai anti-government protesters rallied across Bangkok on Saturday in their latest bid to topple Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, a day before a crucial vote to elect a new Senate. -- PHOTO: AFP

BANGKOK (REUTERS) - Tens of thousands of Thai anti-government protesters rallied across Bangkok on Saturday in their latest bid to topple Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, a day before a crucial vote to elect a new Senate.

Waving flags and blowing whistles, protesters marched from Lumpini Park in the business district of Bangkok, where protesters retreated to earlier this month, toward the city's old quarter.

"There are enough protesters to cause traffic headaches but there are less participants than at past rallies," Mr Paradorn Pattanathabutr, a security adviser to the prime minister, told Reuters.

"We think the crowd will swell to 50,000 people. Protesters are still trickling in from outside the capital and we have 8,000 police on standby if violence takes place but, overall, we're not expecting anything to happen."

 
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