An estimated 50,000 red-shirted protesters donated their own blood to be poured onto government and ruling party headquarters in Bangkok on Tuesday. The supporters of deposed Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra demanded new elections. Their numbers crested at an estimated 100,000 but appear to be dwindling.
Thaksin, one of Thailand’s wealthiest citizens, draws political support mainly from outside the capital. He was ousted in a military coup in 2006. —PZS
The peace-keeping operation command said the number of UDD supporters gathering at Phan Fa bridge had fallen from its peak of about 100,000 on Sunday. On Monday night the number was estimated at 25,000 and dropped to about 15,000 yesterday morning.
UDD leaders acknowledged the declining number of protesters from Sunday and said reinforcements of fresh protesters from other provinces were expected to arrive today.