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Turbulent Thailand

Thailand protests collapse as leaders languish in jail

Despite lull, new unrest possible as government nixes constitution amendment

A Thai demonstrator shows his displeasure with the number "112" on March 9, in reference to the draconian lese-majeste article of the country's criminal code.   © Reuters

BANGKOK -- Not long ago, Thailand's pro-democracy movement looked to be gaining momentum for change in a country that critics said was still ruled by a military elite who traded in their uniforms for civilian clothes.

Rallies had grown into the tens of thousands, demanding retired general-turned-Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha step down and sparking a debate over reforms to the monarchy.

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