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.
Hundreds of people dressed in yellow sat outside the Grand Palace, waiting to receive King Maha Vajiralongkorn.ST PHOTO: TAN HUI YEE

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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