Thais Keep Protesting as Ousted PM Calls for Revolt

By Drew Nelles,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 12, 2009 3:39 PM CDT
Thais Keep Protesting as Ousted PM Calls for Revolt
Red-shirted anti-government protesters and supporters of ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra attack the car of Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva with clubs and various objects.   (AP Photo)

Anti-government protesters ignored Thailand’s state of emergency by the thousands today while former PM Thaksin Shinawatra called on them “to come out in revolution,” the New York Times reports. In defiance of a ban on gatherings of more than five people in Bangkok, demonstrators rallied outside the current prime minister’s home, attacked his car, and erected barricades in case of military intervention.

“The troops who have already come out can come and join the red shirts and help us to get democracy for the people,” said Thaksin, the allegedly corrupt exiled leader supported by protesters. The demonstrations are the latest development in Thailand’s ongoing political crisis, which has pitted Thaksin’s "red shirt" rural supporters against the current elite-backed government. Police today arrested a leader of the movement, CNN reports.
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