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In pictures: Thai protests

Thai protesters demanding the resignation of PM Thaksin Shinawatra

About 50,000 people gathered in Bangkok on Sunday, to take part in a protest against Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

Buddhist nuns pass through police inspection as they enter Sanam Luang parade grounds near the Royal Palace in Bangkok,.

Buddhist monks and nuns featured prominently in the demonstration - the latest in a series aimed at forcing the prime minister to stand down.

A street musician performs during protest near Sanam Luang parade grounds.

The authorities had feared violence might erupt, but the demonstration was peaceful - and at times festive.

Sondhi Limthongkul, leader of the protesters, makes his way through a group of journalists.

Sondhi Limthongkul, a media tycoon and leading critic of the prime minister, said the protests would continue until Mr Thaksin stood down.

Protester carrying a portrait of PM Thaksin with a Hitler moustache

The demonstrators accuse Mr Thaksin of corruption and abuse of power - but the prime minister insists he will stay on until a snap election in April.

Thai opposition demonstrators at Democracy Monument

The activists rallied near Democracy Monument, the focal point of violent protests that brought down the Thai military government in the 1990s.

March on Government House in Bangkok

Thousands eventually took part in an unscheduled march towards the prime minister's office.

Demonstrators file past police during Bangkok protests.

The protesters negotiated their way past riot police armed with batons, who briefly tried to stop them.

Protestors outside Government House in Bangkok

The protestors held a sit-in outside Government House, and listened to speeches by their leaders, as police looked on.

Thai protesters demanding the resignation of PM Thaksin Shinawatra

The protest went on into the night, before activists returned to Sanam Luang, a public square where many are camping.

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