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Thai protests tackle taboo, spark difficult conversations

Protesters take part in a reenactment of the 2010 deaths of "Red Shirt" activists in Bangkok, on Aug 16, 2020. PHOTO: AFP

BANGKOK - Some "red shirt" supporters turned up at Thailand's biggest anti-government protest in years over the weekend, but it was clear that they were just a sideshow.

Rappers pranced on stage, while others projected trending hashtags onto the concrete columns of Bangkok's Democracy Monument. Protest leaders marched to a police station after the rally, daring the authorities to arrest them.

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