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Police declare no-go zones for anti-junta march

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BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thai police declared Bangkok’s Government House and surrounding streets a no-go zone for today’s planned opposition march marking four years since a May 22, 2014, coup, warning protesters not to defy a junta ban on public gatherings.

Around 3,000 police were on standby ahead of the march, which is due to start at Thammasat University here and end at Government House in a bid to pressure the military government to hold a general election by November.

The junta, known as the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), has repeatedly postponed the election but now insists a vote will be held by February. The military took power in 2014 following months of street protests and political unrest.

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