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Thai right-wing group demonstrates in capital

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About 1,500 members of a right-wing group ignored a state of emergency by demonstrating in the Thai capital Saturday, but heeded a government warning not to rally outside the prime minister’s office, police said.

The number of people participating in the protest at a sports stadium against government policy on a territorial dispute with Cambodia later dwindled to less than 200, police Maj. Gen. Piya Uthayo said. No violence was reported.

The government’s Center for the Resolution of the Emergency Situation announced Friday that the Thailand Patriot Network’s plan to demonstrate outside Government House was not allowed under a state of emergency governing Bangkok.

The state of emergency was declared in April after anti-government protesters known as Red Shirts broke into the Parliament building to press their demand for early elections. About 90 people died and more than 1,400 were injured during two months of protests, which the army quashed by force on May 19.

Asian Correspondent

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