Thai protesters march in Bangkok to campaign for pre-election reform
Saturday, March 29, 2014 - 00:51
Mar.29 - The Thai anti-government protesters march through the streets in Bangkok to call for a political reform before a fresh election and an end to the Thaksin government. Rough Cut. (No Reporter Narration).
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STORY: Tens of thousands of Thai anti-government protesters rallied across Bangkok on Saturday (March 29) to reiterate their calls for a political reform before another general election.
The move was their latest bid to topple the Yingluck Shinawatra government after the Constitution Court nullified the February 2nd elections on March 21.
Waving flags and blowing whistles, protesters marched from Lumpini Park in the business district of Bangkok, where protesters retreated to earlier this month, to pay respect to the King Rama V's statue located in the city's old quarter.
Protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban vowed to wipe clean corruption from Thaksin's regime and insisted that a political reform must happen before the next voting would take place.
Thailand has been in crisis since former premier Thaksin Shinawatra, Yingluck's brother, was ousted in a 2006 coup. The conflict broadly pits the Bangkok-based middle class and royalist establishment against the mostly poorer, rural supporters of the Shinawatras.
Suthep did not give details to any further measures if there needs to be an escalated move but mentioned that necessary steps would be taken.
Saturday's march is seen as a test of the anti-government movement's popularity as the number of protesters has dwindled considerably in recent weeks.
Protesters want political and electoral reforms before a new general election and to rid the country of Thaksin's influence as they chanted "Yingluck, get out!" along the way.
Paradorn Pattanathabutr, a security adviser to the prime minister, told Reuters that he believe the number of protesters would be enough to cause some traffic problems.
Thai authority estimated that the protest figure swelled to 50,000 people, while 8,000 police officers are on standby in case of violence.
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