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Turbulent Thailand

Thailand protesters defy assembly ban with call for Friday rally

Leader asks 5,000 attendees to be mainstays of future demonstrations

Over 5,000 young protesters flashing three-finger salutes defied an assembly ban at a key intersection in the Thai capital on Thursday night before dispersing peacefully.   © Reuters

BANGKOK -- Organizers of a rally that attracted at least 5,000 mostly young Thai protesters here asked them to disperse Thursday night -- a move possibly intended to avoid arrests following an overnight stay -- but to return at 5 p.m. on Friday.

Parit Chiwarak, better known as Penguin and one of the recently arrested leaders, sent a message urging people not to stay late so that they can be mainstays for future protests.

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