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Thai anti-government protesters set off on march in Bangkok

A demonstrator waves a flag during a Thai anti-government mass protest, on the 47th anniversary of the 1973 student uprising, at the Democracy monument in Bangkok, Thailand October 14, 2020. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thousands of Thai anti-government protesters set off on a planned march towards Government House in Bangkok on Wednesday to press their demands for the departure of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha and a new constitution.

The demonstration is the latest in three months of action that have put the greatest pressure in years on an establishment long dominated by the army and palace.

“Down with dictatorship. Long live democracy,” the marchers chanted as they moved off from Democracy Monument, where they had assembled face to face with thousands of yellow clad royalist supporters.

Reporting by Patpicha Tanakasempipat; Editing by Matthew Tostevin