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Red shirts rally to defend wounded government

The pro-government red-shirt movement began massing Saturday in Bangkok to challenge a bid by opposition protesters to install an unelected regime in power after the removal of the prime minister.

Officials said about 3,000 police officers were on stand-by for the pro-government rally on the western outskirts of Bangkok on Saturday, with turnout expected to peak in the evening.

"We are ready to fight," senior Red Shirt Kwanchai Pripana told AFP ahead of the gathering.

"We will not use violence but we will use the power of the masses to fight for democracy."


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