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Saturday, 19 May 2012 - 19:19
Thailand's "Red Shirts" to rally in Bangkok
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Tens of thousands of "Red Shirt" supporters were expected to bring central Bangkok to a standstill on the second anniversary of a deadly crackdown on street protests.

At least 1,200 officers will be deployed for the 14-hour rally in the retail heart of the city, where the 2010 protests in support of ousted premier Thaksin Shinawatra descended into the kingdom's worst violence in decades.

Police blocked traffic at the Ratchaprasong intersection, one of Bangkok's busiest junctions, as busloads of Red Shirts from across the country arrived in the city centre a few hours ahead of the rally.

 

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