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Turbulent Thailand

Thailand protesters rally to target resurgent lese-majeste law

Thursday rally follows prime minister's threat to resort to draconian law

Pro-democracy protest leaders, from left, Parit "Penguin" Chiwarak, Panupong "Mike Rayong" Jadnok, and Panusaya "Rung" Sithijirawattanakul flash a three-finger salute as they arrive at a police station to be informed of charges of lese-majeste being prepared against them.    © Reuters

BANGKOK -- Thailand's youth-led pro-democracy demonstrators plan a rally on Thursday to protest the kingdom's archaic lese-majeste law, Article 112 of the criminal code, which is being used after three years on hold against student leaders who have called for reform of the monarchy.

The rally will be at the 14 October 1973 Memorial on Ratchadamnoen Avenue close to the capital's administrative heart, and is scheduled to run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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