Protesters march to mark 2nd anniversary of Thailand coup

BANGKOK (AP) — More than 200 people have marched in Bangkok to protest military rule on the second anniversary of the coup that toppled Thailand’s elected government.

The march Sunday was one of the biggest anti-junta protests since the takeover and was treated with unusual tolerance by the authorities, who usually take a heavy-handed approach to dissent.

The army took power after several months of militant and sometimes violent protests against the government of then-Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. Her brother, Thaksin Shinawatra, was ousted as prime minister in a 2006 coup, and his supporters and opponents have been engaged in a political power struggle since then.

The protesters oppose a draft constitution that will be put to a referendum on Aug. 7, claiming it is undemocratic.

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