Thai nationalists launch protest over Cambodia

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
January 25, 2011 10:20




BANGKOK — Thailand's capital braced for a new round of street protests by nationalist groups that claim the government fails to safeguard disputed territory along the border with neighboring Cambodia.

About 350 people gathered Tuesday for the start of a rally by the so-called People's Alliance for Democracy — also known as the Yellow Shirts — the same group that in 2008 occupied the prime minister's offices for three months and took over Bangkok's two airports. An associated fringe group, the Thai Patriots Network, has been protesting on the same nationalist theme since earlier this month.

The protest has been overshadowed by the arrest Monday of five men who allegedly were planning to set off bombs to disrupt the demonstrations.


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