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Thai government supporters gather to "defend democracy"

ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Supporters of Thailand's beleaguered government gathered on Saturday (May 10) on the outskirts of Bangkok saying they were determined to safeguard democracy and avert a coup as anti-government protesters, based at a central park, planned their "final push". Thailand's polarized politicians have been unable to forge a compromise over a nearly decade-long split between the royalist establishment and a populist former telecommunications tycoon, whose sister, Yingluck Shinawatra, was ousted as prime minister on Wednesday (May 7). Her sacking followed six months of anti-government protests that have unnerved investors, frightened away tourists and dented growth in Southeast Asia's second-biggest economy. One leader of United front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) told a crowd of redshirts that an election was needed soon. Tens of thousands of loyalists of Yingluck and her brother, former prime minister Thaksin Sh

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