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Thais wear pink for king

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thais on Tuesday wore pink for 88-year-old King Bhumibol Adulyadej, a color they believe will help improve the monarch’s health, two days after the palace said he was in an unstable condition.

King Bhumibol, the world’s longest reigning monarch, is widely revered in Thailand. During his seven decades on the throne, the King, who is also seen as a unifying force for the country, has intervened when events threatened to plunge Thailand into crisis.

The palace said on Sunday that the King’s health was “not stable” following haemodialysis treatment in hospital, a process to purify the blood. It said a ventilator was deployed after the monarch’s blood pressure dropped.

Many Thais are highly superstitious and some believe brightly colored clothes can attract good luck.