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Hundreds rally against coup in Bangkok, defy junta's warning against street protests

Hundreds of protesters in the Thai capital are defying the junta's warning against anti-coup demonstrations with a rally in the central shopping district that's being closely watched by troops.

Earlier Sunday, Thailand's top general who staged last week's coup, Prayuth Chan-ocha, told people to avoid rallies, saying normal democratic principles cannot be applied at this time.

About 500 angry protesters didn't listen and confronted troops who blocked access to the city's Skytrain in an attempt to prevent a third day of protests in Bangkok on Sunday.

At one point a group of soldiers was chased away by the crowds at Ratchaprasong shopping district. By midday, soldiers blocked off elevated walkways linking the upscale malls and Skytrain stops to the area have been suspended.