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Anti-govt protesters rally across Thai capital

BANGKOK, Dec 22 - The protesters of anti-government movement, the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC), today marched across the Thai capital in an intensified mass rally to pressure caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to resign from her post.

PDRC leader Suthep Thaugsuban turned up at the Monument of King Taksin the Great in Wongwienyai area, calling on the public to join the demonstrations.

Mr Suthep led crowds from Wongwienyai, marching to Lumpini Park. He was scheduled to visit all the main rally stages organised by the PDRC today, before delivering a speech at Democracy Monument in the evening.

The PDRC earlier announced that five main rally stages have been set up at Victory Monument, Pathumwan intersection, Lumpini Park, Ratchaprasong intersection and Asok intersection.

The activities at each site is set to start from 1pm.

An additional ten small rally stages have been set up across Bangkok.

Meanwhile, a group of female and ladyboy protesters today also gathered outside the residence of the caretaker premier in Soi Yothinpattana 3.

Their leaders, Anchalee Paireeraka and Seri Wongmontha, read a PDRC statement, urging Ms Yingluck to resign from her caretaker premiership to allow the country's reform process to move forward.

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