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Thailand braces for anti-government protest

Nov. 23, 2012 at 2:18 PM

BANGKOK, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- More than 75,000 people are expected to join an anti-government protest planned for Bangkok this weekend.

Protesters will demand the government resign and give way to free elections, leaders of the Pitak Siam group said. The Bangkok Post said police reinforcements were being brought in from across the country with roadside checkpoints being set up -- something protest organizers say is meant as a deterrent for people seeking to join their cause. A police spokesman said the checkpoints are only to check for weapons.

The government has placed three provinces under the nation's Internal Security Act, a martial law of sorts that allows police to arrest protesters with less cause than what would otherwise be necessary. Protesters said the move was unnecessary and adversarial, promising the gathering would be peaceful.

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