13 Feb '11, 12pm

Opposition protesters back on streets of Bangkok

Opposition protesters back on streets of Bangkok

BANGKOK: Thousands of anti-government protesters gathered in Bangkok on Sunday for the latest in a series of rallies calling for the release of their key leaders in prison on terrorism charges. An estimated 15,000 "Red Shirts" -- the movement behind mass protests in the capital last year -- gathered near Democracy Monument amid a heavy security presence, national police spokesman Prawut Thavornsiri said. "The situation is normal," he said, adding that 5,000 police were deployed for the event, which fugitive former premier Thaksin Shinawatra was expected to address in the evening from overseas. Thaksin remains a controversial figure in Thailand who draws support among the mainly poor and working class Red Shirts but is loathed by the urban elite, who see him as corrupt, authoritarian and a threat to the revered monarchy. Earlier in the day red-clad protesters laid red roses...

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