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Thai Red Shirts rally in support of prime minister

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BANGKOK — Tens of thousands of supporters of Thailand’s beleaguered prime minister rallied Saturday on the outskirts of Bangkok, a move aimed at countering months of antigovernment protests and a spate of legal challenges that could bring down Yingluck Shinawatra’s administration.

The last time progovernment ‘‘Red Shirts’’ gathered en masse, at a stadium in the capital in November, shooting broke out nearby and five people were killed.

The Red Shirts have avoided rallying in Bangkok since then to avert bloodshed, and the current three-day gathering was held dozens of miles from downtown Bangkok, on the western edge of the sprawling metropolis, for the same reason.

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