Pro-democracy protesters in Thailand's capital have defied a ban on protests and staged a rare rally against the country's ruling military government.

More than 200 people marched peacefully Saturday to Bangkok's Democracy Monument, a symbolic location that has become a rallying point for protests in recent years.

Protesters carried anti-junta banners as a ring of police kept watch over the event but did not break it up.

In May 2014, Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha, who was head of the army at the time, led a coup that overthrew the elected government after months of sometimes violent street politics. Now the country's appointed prime minister, Prayuth says elections will not take place until at least 2017.