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Thousands join Thai rally demanding regime change

In a countermove, anonymous organizers host a pro-government event

Police monitored the run but no major clashes had been reported. (Photo by Masayuki Yuda)

BANGKOK -- Thais on Sunday were offered their choice of activities combining fitness and politics: a run aimed at getting rid of the prime minister, or a walk to support him.

Thousands gathered at 7:00 a.m. for the run at Vachirabenjatas Park in northern Bangkok. The event, called Wing Lai Lung, translates as "Run to Oust the Uncle" in Thai, a play on Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha's nickname: Uncle Tu.

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