Tensions dense in Bangkok as 10,000s rally

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thai-protest-democracy-monTens of thousands of people have gathered in Bangkok on November 24 for massive anti- and pro-government rallies that are supposed to last for at least 3 days. The mass demonstrations are the largest Thailand has seen in three years.

Police estimated around 100,000 people converged on three historic sites in Bangkok’s city center calling on Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to step down. The peaceful rally was led by former opposition lawmaker Suthep Thaugsuban and was expected to continue overnight.

Organisers estimated that by Sunday evening the crowd had grown closer to 400,000 people, many of whom came from the south, where the opposition Democratic Party enjoys strong support.

Demonstrations were triggered last month by a proposed government plan that would have granted amnesty to ousted former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, in self-imposed exile in Dubai since 2008, and pardoned those responsible for a 2010 military crackdown on pro-government “Red Shirt” supporters that left more than 90 people dead.

The opposing group, who stand against the government, are known as the “Yellow Shirts.”

A constitutional court also blocked Yingluck’s plans this week to create a fully-elected Senate, which would have enabled her to consolidate power in both of Thailand’s houses of parliament.

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Tens of thousands of people have gathered in Bangkok on November 24 for massive anti- and pro-government rallies that are supposed to last for at least 3 days. The mass demonstrations are the largest Thailand has seen in three years.

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thai-protest-democracy-monTens of thousands of people have gathered in Bangkok on November 24 for massive anti- and pro-government rallies that are supposed to last for at least 3 days. The mass demonstrations are the largest Thailand has seen in three years.

Police estimated around 100,000 people converged on three historic sites in Bangkok’s city center calling on Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to step down. The peaceful rally was led by former opposition lawmaker Suthep Thaugsuban and was expected to continue overnight.

Organisers estimated that by Sunday evening the crowd had grown closer to 400,000 people, many of whom came from the south, where the opposition Democratic Party enjoys strong support.

Demonstrations were triggered last month by a proposed government plan that would have granted amnesty to ousted former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, in self-imposed exile in Dubai since 2008, and pardoned those responsible for a 2010 military crackdown on pro-government “Red Shirt” supporters that left more than 90 people dead.

The opposing group, who stand against the government, are known as the “Yellow Shirts.”

A constitutional court also blocked Yingluck’s plans this week to create a fully-elected Senate, which would have enabled her to consolidate power in both of Thailand’s houses of parliament.

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