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Anti-government protestors pledge loyalty to Thai King

Published on May 5, 2014 6:12 PM

DONNING bright yellow shirts, waving Thai flags and wearing whistles around their neck, hordes of anti-government supporters gathered in inner Bangkok on Monday to pledge allegiance to King Bhumibol Adulyadej on the 64th anniversary of his coronation.

Earlier in the day, thousands of well-wishers had lined the streets near the King's palace south of Bangkok to  mark the event, carefully avoiding any mention of the country's political woes.

The king himself - who has in the past intervened to steer the country away from further turmoil - remained silent during the ceremony. But supporters of the anti-government People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) see their rally as the first step in the latest of their numerous "uprisings" to oust the caretaker government.

Their preparations are expected to culminate in another major rally on May 14.

Anti-government protesters march to mark the 64th anniversary of Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej's coronation, in Bangkok on May 5, 2014. Thailand's revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej made a rare public appearance on May 5 to mark the 64th anniversary of his coronation, as the political turmoil gripping his kingdom enters a critical phase. -- PHOTO: AFP
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