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Turbulent Thailand

Thailand's young protesters keep up pace despite 'selfie rules'

Parliament president calls for cross-party talks over political impasse

 Pro-democracy protesters shine their mobile phone lights during an anti-government protest, in Bangkok, Thailand October 18, 2020.    © Reuters

BANGKOK -- Thousands of protesters turned out Sunday at Victory Monument, a major roundabout in north-central Bangkok, for a fifth day of demonstrations in defiance of a "serious" state of emergency issued on Thursday, despite mass transit systems being halted at 2:30 p.m. for a second day by the authorities.

Free Youth, an activist group, had earlier used social media to call for fresh protests across the city at 3 p.m., demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha and his cabinet, constitutional changes drafted by representatives of the people, and reform of the monarchy under the constitution.

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