Campus-based Thai protest movement extends reach to streets

BANGKOK (AP) — Anti-government protesters have gathered in Thailand’s capital for a rally that suggests their movement’s strength may extend beyond the college campuses where it had blossomed. Thousands of people assembled Sunday at Bangkok’s Democracy Monument, a traditional venue for political activities. Hundreds of police were also present, as well as a small contingent of royalists opposed to the protesters. The student-led movement had three core demands: holding new elections, amending the constitution and ending the intimidation of critics of the government, and added several on Sunday. But at least a faction are also calling for reforms in the country’s constitutional monarchy, alarming Thai conservatives.