Thai demonstrators mark crackdown anniversary

The Associated Press
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Protesters of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD), or Red Shirt, rally to mark the sixth month anniversary of the May military crackdown on the protesters, Friday, Nov. 19, 2010 in Bangkok, Thailand, (AP Photo)

Thousands of anti-government demonstrators have taken to the streets of Bangkok, peacefully marking the six-month anniversary of the military's crackdown on their protest.

About 90 people were killed and more than 1,400 were wounded after the so-called Red Shirts occupied city streets in this past spring to press their demand that Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva resign and call early elections. The protesters claim he came to power illegitimately, with the help of the military. Many are supporters of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who was ousted by a 2006 military coup.

More than 1,000 policemen provided security but couldn't keep the demonstrators from blocking a major intersection.