THAI ‘RED SHIRTS’ RALLY TO DEFEND WOUNDED GOVERNMENT

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BANGKOK: Thailand’s pro-government “Red Shirts” began massing Saturday in Bangkok to challenge a bid by opposition protesters to install an unelected regime in power after the removal of the prime minister. The dismissal of premier Yingluck Shinawatra and nine ministers by the Constitutional Court this week for the improper transfer of a top security official has plunged the restive kingdom deeper into crisis. Officials said about 3,000 police officers were on stand-by for the pro-government rally on the western outskirts of Bangkok on Saturday, with turnout expected to peak in the evening. “We are ready to fight,” senior Red Shirt Kwanchai Pripana told Agence France Presse ahead of the gathering. “We will not use violence but we will use the power of the masses to fight for democracy.”
AFP

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