The Red Shirts took to the streets of Bangkok on Wednesday, ignoring an emergency decree banning mass gatherings.
Thousands of anti-government protesters rallied in front of the Thai parliament on Wednesday demanding new elections. The demonstration forced legislators to pack it in and some of the Red Shirt protesters smashed through the compound’s gates, though they left shortly thereafter.
The Red Shirts are mostly allied with ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who was popular among rural and poor Thais.
Thailand has also seen mass demonstrations by the Yellow Shirts, a rival group drawing support from a more urban crowd. —PZS