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Anti-Government Protesters Rally in Bangkok

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Thai anti-government protesters march on the street during a mass rally in Bangkok, Thailand, Mar. 29, 2014.

Thai anti-government protesters march on the street during a mass rally in Bangkok, Thailand, Mar. 29, 2014.

Tens of thousands of anti-government protesters in Thailand have returned to the streets of Bangkok to press their demand that caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra resign.

Suthep Thaugsuban, secretary-general of the People's Democratic Reform Committee, led a march from Lumpini Park, the protesters' main gathering site, to the Royal Plaza Saturday morning.

The march was the first major rally since March 21, when Thailand's Constitutional court nullified last month's general election.

Protesters said Yingluck was simply a front for her brother, former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra. They want her to resign and turn over the government to an unelected interim council to overhaul the political system and institute reforms.

The Thai prime minister has also been charged with ignoring corruption within a government rice subsidy program that has cost the country billions of dollars. Yingluck is scheduled to present her defense to Thailand's National Anti-Corruption Commission Monday.

Some information for this report was provided by AP.
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