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Extraordinary protest lands Thailand in uncharted territory

It was 10pm on Saturday. Weary young protesters were packing up their gear to leave Sanam Luang, or Royal Field, next to Bangkok's Grand Palace and head home.

Daeng - who wanted to be known only by the nickname - 70, camping out on her straw mat under a tree for the overnight protest, called out: "Don't give up, kids! Make sure you come back tomorrow morning!"

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 21, 2020, with the headline 'Extraordinary protest lands Thailand in uncharted territory'. Subscribe