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Attackers hurts dozens at Thai anti-govt rally

Updated Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014 | 9:25 a.m.

BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) — Police in eastern Thailand say at least 35 people were hurt when an anti-government rally was attacked by armed men.

Police Lt. Thanabhum Newanit said assailants in a pick-up truck attacked a Saturday night rally held by the People's Democratic Reform Committee in the province of Trat, about 300 kilometers (180 miles) east of Bangkok.

He said the attackers shot into the crowd and two explosive devices went off. It was not clear if the protest group, which uses armed guards, fought back.

Protest-linked violence has increased recently, in the forms of fighting with police and attacks by unknown parties on the protest sites, which are mainly in the capital, Bangkok. In the past three months 15 people have been killed and hundreds injured. The protesters want Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to resign to make way for an appointed interim government to implement anti-corruption reforms.