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Thousands Hold 1st Rally Since Thai Crackdown


At least 2,000 anti-government protesters rallied in the Thai capital Bangkok Saturday, just one day after the prime minister lifted a state of emergency.

The demonstrators - supporters of deposed Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra - gathered at Sanam Luang, a public space near Bangkok's Grand Palace.

They demanded Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva resign and call new elections.

Mr. Abhisit had declared a state of emergency after protests by the pro-Thaksin "red shirts" turned violent April 12. Two people were killed and more than 120 injured in two days of violence.

There were no reports of violence at Saturday's demonstrations and organizers said the protesters would disperse overnight.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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