25 November 2012 07:30 | By MSN News and AFP
PHOTOS: Chaos returns to Bangkok

Tear gas fired as anti-government protesters in Thailand launched major rally in Bangkok on Saturday calling for Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to step down.



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The anti-government protesters in Thailand launched a rally in Bangkok on Saturday, November 24, 2012, calling for Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to step down. The Thai authorities were worried that it will grow into the biggest demonstration in the country since she took office last year.

Police fired 10 tear gas canisters at a group of demonstrators who removed barbed wire and barriers blocking their route past a UN building close to the main protest site, police said.

However, the national police spokesman Major General Piya Uthayo said that no casualties were reported in this action.

Thousands of police have been deployed for the rally at the Royal Plaza which is organised by the royalist group Pitak Siam, which opposes Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's government.

Politically turbulent Thailand has been rocked by a series of sometimes violent rival street protests in recent years, although an uneasy calm has returned after national elections in 2011.

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