"Red shirts" protest continues, blood spilled at PM's home

2010-03-17 20:09 BJT


Thailand's protesting "red shirts" have continued their blood pouring demonstration to denounce the government. The symbolic actions have reached the home of Prime Minister, Abhisit Vejjajiva. Political analysts say a violent clash is still possible.

Thailand's protesting "red shirts" have continued their blood pouring demonstration to denounce the government.
Thailand's protesting "red shirts" have continued their blood pouring demonstration
to denounce the government.

Amid tight security, thousands of protesters went to Abhisit's residence in downtown Bangkok.

They poured some 50 liters of blood in what they say is a "symbolic shedding of blood for democracy".

The action is meant to increase pressure on the government to dissolve parliament and hold new elections. It's also a bid to re-energize a movement that appears to be waning.

The Thai prime minister has been away from home, working at an army base a few kilometers away since the protests started.

Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban (pron: Su-tep Thaug-su-ban) says fear of violence remains as the government believes some groups want to stir chaos.

And he believes dissolving parliament and holding elections will not ease the country's political crisis.

Suthep Thaugsuban, deputy Thai PM, said, "To have new elections, the new government won't be able to last long before being forced to leave by more protests. This will be non-stop."

On Tuesday, the protestors poured their own blood outside the Government House and the headquarters of the prime minister's Democrat Party.

Although many of the estimated 150 thousand demonstrators who amassed on Sunday night have left Bangkok, fears of violence still remain in the capital. Police say about 40 thousand remain, still a sizeable number.

Editor: Liu Fang | Source: CCTV.com