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STR protests US 'interference'

Students and People's Network for Thailand's Reform protesters yesterday rallied at the US Embassy in Bangkok to criticise the ambassador for "interfering in Thai internal affairs".

They accused Ambassador Kristie Kenney of siding with the Thai government and of unfairly claiming that protesters were not following the democratic process.

The student leaders read a statement demanding the US stop supporting the government of Yingluck Shinawatra. The representatives from the STR, a faction of the anti-government People's Democratic Reform Committee protesters, spoke via loudspeakers on a truck parked in front of the embassy.

The group raised a Thai flag, left it to fly for about an hour and lowered it before handing it to the embassy's security officer.

The group threatened to come back unless Kenney changed her approach to the current protests. If she did not, they would ask for her replacement as US ambassador, the STR speaker said before leaving.


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