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Thousands Rally Against Pro-Thaksin Government

By Cameron McKinley
Epoch Times Staff
Created: November 24, 2012 Last Updated: November 27, 2012
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Thai riot police on the edges of the royalist group Pitak Siam’s rally site at the Royal Plaza in Bangkok on Saturday, Nov. 24. (Cameron McKinley/The Epoch Times)

Thai riot police on the edges of the royalist group Pitak Siam’s rally site at the Royal Plaza in Bangkok on Saturday, Nov. 24. (Cameron McKinley/The Epoch Times)

Thousands of supporters of the Thai royalist group Pitak Siam attended an anti-government rally at the Royal Plaza in Bangkok on Saturday, Nov. 24.

The day was punctured by two small incidents of violence which included riot police firing tear gas at protesters. From a large stage, speeches were made to the predominantly peaceful protestors who cheered calls for the removal of the government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

Pitak Siam’s leaders say Prime Minister Yingluck is nothing more than a puppet for her brother – former premier Thaksin Shinawatra who lives abroad to avoid criminal charges.

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Former general Boonlert Kaewprasit retired as leader of the royalist group Pitak Siam at the conclusion of their anti-government rally in Bangkok on Saturday, Nov. 24. (Cameron McKinley/The Epoch Times)

Former general Boonlert Kaewprasit retired as leader of the royalist group Pitak Siam at the conclusion of their anti-government rally in Bangkok on Saturday, Nov. 24. (Cameron McKinley/The Epoch Times)

Blackberry mobile phone shows an image purportedly of a vehicle which has been hit by bullets fired against the royalist group Pitak Siam’s rally at the Royal Plaza in Bangkok on Saturday, Nov. 24. (Cameron McKinley/The Epoch Times)

Blackberry mobile phone shows an image purportedly of a vehicle which has been hit by bullets fired against the royalist group Pitak Siam’s rally at the Royal Plaza in Bangkok on Saturday, Nov. 24. (Cameron McKinley/The Epoch Times)

Rally attendees listen to speeches given at the royalist group Pitak Siam’s rally site at the Royal Plaza in Bangkok on Saturday, Nov. 24. (Cameron McKinley/The Epoch Times)

Rally attendees listen to speeches given at the royalist group Pitak Siam’s rally site at the Royal Plaza in Bangkok on Saturday, Nov. 24. (Cameron McKinley/The Epoch Times)

Thai riot police on the edges of the royalist group Pitak Siam’s rally site at the Royal Plaza in Bangkok on Saturday, Nov. 24. (Cameron McKinley/The Epoch Times)

Thai riot police on the edges of the royalist group Pitak Siam’s rally site at the Royal Plaza in Bangkok on Saturday, Nov. 24. (Cameron McKinley/The Epoch Times)

A supporter of the royalist group Pitak Siam has her eyes washed after Thai police fired tear gas at an area around the group’s rally site in Bangkok on Saturday, Nov. 24. (Cameron McKinley/The Epoch Times)

A supporter of the royalist group Pitak Siam has her eyes washed after Thai police fired tear gas at an area around the group’s rally site in Bangkok on Saturday, Nov. 24. (Cameron McKinley/The Epoch Times)




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