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Thai protesters and government lack exit strategies from uprising

Previous movements relied on military or royal intervention to achieve goals

(Source photos by Akira Kodaka and Reuters)

BANGKOK -- The ground reverberated with the shouting of a flood of people in the streets. As I made my way through the thicket of bodies, memories of past chaos at this same place came rushing back.

Anti-establishment protesters gathered on the evening of Oct. 15 at Ratchaprasong intersection in downtown Bangkok. Their numbers continued to grow as the sun set, reaching 10,000, according to police estimates.

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