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Thai LGBT and anti-government protesters join Pride Parade

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Thai LGBT and anti-government protesters join Pride Parade
Thai LGBT and anti-government protesters join Pride Parade

More than 1,000 members of Thailand's LGBT community and anti-government protesters joined a Pride Parade on Saturday to call for equal rights and the ousting of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha and reforms to the monarchy.

Edward Baran reports

More than 1,000 members of Thailand's LGBT community and anti-government protesters joined in a Pride Parade on Saturday.

They're calling for equal rights as well for the ousting of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha and reforms to the monarchy.

A protest movement that emerged in July has drawn a wide range of interest groups to push for greater democracy and human rights in the Southeast Asian country.

"People here come to the protest because we agree that democracy, real democracy for Thailand will be the start for the equality for Thai people and also rights to be prioritized again." Protesters accuse Prayuth, a former junta leader, of engineering last year's election to keep power.

He says the election was fair and has refused to step down.

Another anti-government demonstration is due to be held on Sunday.

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