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Turbulent Thailand

Thailand's youth protest draws thousands after PM refuses to quit

Demonstrators return to Bangkok's commercial heart in smaller numbers

Thousands of protesters returned to Bangkok's Ratchaprasong intersection on Sunday for the first major protest in Thailand since a state of severe emergency was lifted on Thursday. (Photo by Masayuki Yuda)

BANGKOK -- Pro-democracy groups are taking turns reviving daily rallies and protest momentum after a three-day relative lull during which Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha ignored a student demand that he resign by 10 p.m. on Saturday.

The first rally on Sunday was due to run from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and revisited the Ratchaprasong intersection, a business and retail area in central Bangkok. A protest there on Oct. 15 attracted over 10,000 mostly young people. Today's rally had attracted thousands by 7 p.m.

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