Army Commander Gen. Anupong Paochinda, however, promised not to intervene against Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat drawing sharp criticism for the general from the protesters.
In a counter demonstration, thousands of supporters of Somchai rallied near the office of the prime minister.
"We gathered today to show that the majority of this country objects to these rebels trampling on Thailand's democracy," said Veera Musigapong, one of the leaders of the United Front of Democracy against Dictatorship. "We want to show that they are destroying the country in the name of the Thai public."
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