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Thai opposition protesters in new show of strength in Bangkok

Tens of thousands of Thai opposition protesters marched through Bangkok yesterday to call for the resignation of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, who faces a possible ban from politics for alleged negligence.

The new show of strength by the anti-government movement came on the eve of elections for the upper house of parliament.

"I have come out to preserve democracy," said protester Jirapa Tantingarmkasem. "I ask everyone to come out to protest. Fight! Fight!"

Demonstrators also swarmed into the grounds of the government headquarters, which have not been used by Ms Yingluck's cabinet for months because of protests targeting state buildings. - AFP.