The royal avenue at the centre of Thailand's brewing political conflict

Hundreds of people dressed in yellow sat outside the Grand Palace, waiting to receive King Maha Vajiralongkorn. ST PHOTO: TAN HUI YEE
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BANGKOK - The exuberance was palpable as the crowd gathered at Bangkok's Democracy Monument under a darkening sky.

Forming human chains, they carefully removed hundreds of potted plants inside - adornment that made the traffic circle look more like a medieval French garden than a towering reminder of the day in 1932 when the king was forced to give up absolute power.

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