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Thousands of Anti-Thaksin Protesters March in Bangkok

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Thousands of Thai protesters have marched through Bangkok's upscale shopping district to demand Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra resign ahead of next week's elections.

At least 10 thousand demonstrators began the rally by setting off from the capital's National Stadium early Sunday. The protesters marched along a busy street (Sukhumvit Road) as they headed towards the city's most luxurious shopping mall (Siam Paragon), chanting slogans such as "Thaksin, get out!". Organizers hope the march will attract more Thais to join their campaign for Mr. Thaksin to quit.

Around 100 thousand anti-government protesters held a mass rally Saturday night outside Government House in Bangkok. Opposition leaders called on Thailand's king (Bhumibol Adulyadej) to intervene in the political crisis and replace Mr. Thaksin.

Thai opposition parties have staged more than a month of street protests, accusing the prime minister of corruption and abuse of power.

Mr. Thaksin dissolved parliament last month and called elections for April second, three years ahead of schedule, in a bid to quell the protests.
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