Thousands of Thai anti-government protesters flooded streets in the capital Bangkok on March 29 to force Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to step down.

This was the first mass rally staged since protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban announced in late February to end a weeks-long operation that paralyzed the capital, known as " Bangkok shutdown."

Protesters started marching from their main rally site at the Lumpini Park to the Royal Plaza . They reiterated their request for the government to transfer power to an appointed provisional council, which will put forth anti-corruption reforms.

Earlier, PM Yingluck told reporters that she and her cabinet members do not intend to resign.-VNA