Thousands of anti-govt protesters march in Bangkok

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Anti-government activists want Prime Minister Yingluck to step down and the political system to be reformed.
Tens of thousands of anti-government protesters marched through the streets of the Thai capital Saturday, reviving their whistle-blowing, traffic-blocking campaign to force the resignation of the country\’s prime minister.
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.
It was the first major protest rally to take place since a Thai court ruled the 2 February general election invalid. 
Protesters say  Yingluck is 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.
At least 23 people have died and hundreds have been injured in the course of the recent demonstrations.
Source: Agencies

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