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First protest march for democracy in Thailand since coup 2014

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For the first time since the military coup in Thailand almost six years ago, hundreds of democracy supporters have taken to the streets in Bangkok for a protest march. With black T-shirts as a symbol of mourning for democracy, the demonstrators marched towards the parliament building and demanded the resignation of the government close to the military under ex-army chief Prayut Chan-o-cha and the drafting of a new constitution.

Protest meetings had been held at several universities in the past few weeks, but it was the first time in years that demonstrators were marching through the city. The protest was fueled by the dissolution of a pro-democratic opposition party in late February.

The military had taken power in Thailand in 2014. A year ago, ex-army chief Prayut emerged victorious in a parliamentary election overshadowed by allegations of fraud. There have been twelve successful military coups in the Southeast Asian country in the past 90 years.