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Thailand has been in a state of intense political turmoil as an anti-government movement has taken to the streets.
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Bangkok, Thailand - Thailand's political quagmire continues to grip the country with protesters on both sides ratcheting up the rhetoric following prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra's removal from power.

The Constitutional Court's controversial ruling last week that ousted Yingluck has infuriated her supporters, known as the Red Shirts, for what they say was a politically motivated verdict.

After six months of anti-government demonstrations and the occupation of parts of the capital Bangkok, the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) used the prime minister's removal to call on its followers to take to the streets last weekend in a "Final Battle" to oust the remaining members of her caretaker government and appoint an unelected prime minister.

The Red Shirts responded by calling their own rally in support of democracy on the outskirts of Bangkok. The Red Shirts declared they will stay at their rally site until democracy is restored to Thailand, but they also warned they'll move further into the city if a prime minister is appointed without an election.

Red Shirt  leader Jutuporn Prompan has said a civil war could erupt if that happens.

PDRC leader Suthep Taugsuban continues to demand an overhaul of the political system before any election can take place.  

Thais on the street, meanwhile, say only more political turmoil and strife lies ahead for the deeply divided kingdom, its people, and its future.  


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Thai soldiers stand guard at the Department of Defense, home to the office of prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra, moments after she was removed from her position last Wednesday. Thailand has been in a state of intense political turmoil over the past six months as an anti-government movement has taken to the streets of Bangkok, demanding the removal of Yingluck and her ruling Pheu Thai party. 



/KC Ortiz/Al Jazeera

Yingluck Shinawatra says a final thank you to supporters at a press conference immediately after the country's Constitutional Court ruled that she abused her power by transferring the National Security Council chief three years ago, leading to her removal from the caretaker prime minister position. 



/KC Ortiz/Al Jazeera

Supporters of former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra hand her flowers as she leaves the Department of Defense after being removed from office. The Shinawatra family receives huge support from their followers who say they helped bring many of the country's rural areas into the modern age with benefits and programmes such as healthcare and education.



/KC Ortiz/Al Jazeera

A group of pro-monarchy supporters march with posters of Thailand's revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who has largely remained silent over the turmoil ever since the crisis started six months ago. 



/KC Ortiz/Al Jazeera

Police form a blockade preventing pro-government Red Shirts from moving towards a nearby anti-government People's Demoractic Reform Committee (PDRC) rally site. There have been few confrontations, but so far no serious violence.



/KC Ortiz/Al Jazeera

PDRC leader Suthep Thaugsuban gives a speech to his followers occupying Government House on Saturday, reiterating his demands for an appointed prime minister and reform of the nation's political system.



/KC Ortiz/Al Jazeera

A PDRC supporter passes a barricade of tyres and concrete slabs set up by protesters outside of Government House in Bangkok. The PDRC declared it would hold a "Final Battle" rally last Friday in a last push to oust cabinet members loyal to Yingluck.



/KC Ortiz/Al Jazeera

Suthep Thaugsuban (hands raised) - a PDRC leader and former deputy prime minister, is wanted on treason charges. He addressed his supporters from the stage outside Government House while surrounded by personal security guards. 



/KC Ortiz/Al Jazeera

A PDRC supporter blows a whistle outside of the national parliament in Bangkok. The majority of PDRC supporters come from among Bangkok's elite and middle-class Thais who have traditionally held sway over the halls of power and wealth in Thailand.



/KC Ortiz/Al Jazeera

PDRC protesters occupy the streets around parliament demanding a new prime minister be appointed by the courts, parliament, or the Election Commission - all allies of their movement and hostile to the current government. The PDRC says democracy as it is cannot work in Thailand, and the entire political system must be reformed before any elections can be held.



/KC Ortiz/Al Jazeera

A PDRC protester waves a Thai flag outside of parliament. PDRC has been losing momentum as its demonstrations have dragged on over the months, and its tactics of occupying parts of the city have soured many. But it is still able to bring out thousands of people to the streets on short notice.



/KC Ortiz/Al Jazeera

An anti-government Buddhist monk watches PDRC followers occupy the streets around parliament while surrounded by a team of security guards.



/KC Ortiz/Al Jazeera

A PDRC supporter blows a whistle during the "Final Battle" rally. Twenty-five people have been killed and hundreds injured on the streets during protests to date, yet many fear the worst is to come.

 



/KC Ortiz/Al Jazeera

Anti-government protesters rally in front of Channel 5, a free television station. PDRC supporters gathered at five different TV channels and demanded they broadcast their leader Suthep's speeches and stop airing news on the government. The stations complied with the demands. International and local journalist associations opposed the move as direct intimidation of press freedom.



/KC Ortiz/Al Jazeera

On Saturday, the Red Shirts held their first rally since the court ruling against Yingluck just outside of Bangkok, where they say they will stay until democracy is returned to Thailand.



/KC Ortiz/Al Jazeera

Red Shirt leaders address the crowd at their rally site in Bangkok. The Red Shirts have repeatedly warned that the country will break out into civil war if the PDRC and its allies succeed in overthrowing the government and appointing its own prime minister.



/KC Ortiz/Al Jazeera

Jatuporn Prompan, chairman of the Red Shirt's United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD), speaks at the rally on Saturday. Jatuporn asked all Red Shirts to refrain from provoking or confronting the PDRC, saying that is what they want in order to give the military a reason to justify a coup.



/KC Ortiz/Al Jazeera

A Red Shirt supporter, wearing a shirt and hat with images of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, screams during a rally on the outskirts of Bangkok. Thaksin, Yingluck's older brother, was ousted in a bloodless coup in 2006.



/KC Ortiz/Al Jazeera

PDRC guards and supporters moved into a building on the grounds of Government House on Sunday, where they have set up a command centre for further political rallies.




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Thai soldiers stand guard at the Department of Defense, home to the office of prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra, moments after she was removed from her position last Wednesday. Thailand has been in a state of intense political turmoil over the past six months as an anti-government movement has taken to the streets of Bangkok, demanding the removal of Yingluck and her ruling Pheu Thai party. 

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Yingluck Shinawatra says a final thank you to supporters at a press conference immediately after the country(***)s Constitutional Court ruled that she abused her power by transferring the National Security Council chief three years ago, leading to her removal from the caretaker prime minister position. 

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Supporters of former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra hand her flowers as she leaves the Department of Defense after being removed from office. The Shinawatra family receives huge support from their followers who say they helped bring many of the country(***)s rural areas into the modern age with benefits and programmes such as healthcare and education.

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A group of pro-monarchy supporters march with posters of Thailand(***)s revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who has largely remained silent over the turmoil ever since the crisis started six months ago. 

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Police form a blockade preventing pro-government Red Shirts from moving towards a nearby anti-government People(***)s Demoractic Reform Committee (PDRC) rally site. There have been few confrontations, but so far no serious violence.

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PDRC leader Suthep Thaugsuban gives a speech to his followers occupying Government House on Saturday, reiterating his demands for an appointed prime minister and reform of the nation(***)s political system.

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A PDRC supporter passes a barricade of tyres and concrete slabs set up by protesters outside of Government House in Bangkok. The PDRC declared it would hold a "Final Battle" rally last Friday in a last push to oust cabinet members loyal to Yingluck.

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Suthep Thaugsuban (hands raised) - a PDRC leader and former deputy prime minister, is wanted on treason charges. He addressed his supporters from the stage outside Government House while surrounded by personal security guards. 

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A PDRC supporter blows a whistle outside of the national parliament in Bangkok. The majority of PDRC supporters come from among Bangkok(***)s elite and middle-class Thais who have traditionally held sway over the halls of power and wealth in Thailand.

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PDRC protesters occupy the streets around parliament demanding a new prime minister be appointed by the courts, parliament, or the Election Commission - all allies of their movement and hostile to the current government. The PDRC says democracy as it is cannot work in Thailand, and the entire political system must be reformed before any elections can be held.

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A PDRC protester waves a Thai flag outside of parliament. PDRC has been losing momentum as its demonstrations have dragged on over the months, and its tactics of occupying parts of the city have soured many. But it is still able to bring out thousands of people to the streets on short notice.

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An anti-government Buddhist monk watches PDRC followers occupy the streets around parliament while surrounded by a team of security guards.

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A PDRC supporter blows a whistle during the "Final Battle" rally. Twenty-five people have been killed and hundreds injured on the streets during protests to date, yet many fear the worst is to come.

 

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Anti-government protesters rally in front of Channel 5, a free television station. PDRC supporters gathered at five different TV channels and demanded they broadcast their leader Suthep(***)s speeches and stop airing news on the government. The stations complied with the demands. International and local journalist associations opposed the move as direct intimidation of press freedom.

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On Saturday, the Red Shirts held their first rally since the court ruling against Yingluck just outside of Bangkok, where they say they will stay until democracy is returned to Thailand.

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Red Shirt leaders address the crowd at their rally site in Bangkok. The Red Shirts have repeatedly warned that the country will break out into civil war if the PDRC and its allies succeed in overthrowing the government and appointing its own prime minister.

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Jatuporn Prompan, chairman of the Red Shirt(***)s United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD), speaks at the rally on Saturday. Jatuporn asked all Red Shirts to refrain from provoking or confronting the PDRC, saying that is what they want in order to give the military a reason to justify a coup.

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A Red Shirt supporter, wearing a shirt and hat with images of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, screams during a rally on the outskirts of Bangkok. Thaksin, Yingluck(***)s older brother, was ousted in a bloodless coup in 2006.

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PDRC guards and supporters moved into a building on the grounds of Government House on Sunday, where they have set up a command centre for further political rallies.

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On May 7, Thai soldiers stand guard at the Department of Defense, home to the office of Yingluck Shinawatra, moments after she was removed from the Prime Minister's position. Thailand has been in a state of intense political turmoil over the past six months as an anti-government movement has taken to the streets of Bangkok, demanding the removal of Yingluck Shinawatra and her ruling Pheu Thai party (PT) and the appointment of an unelected prime minister to reform the country. Twenty five people have been killed and hundreds injured on the streets to date, yet many fear the worst is to come.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Thailand_protests_2014/slideshow/no-caption/a7edcdd92952526248edeec1fe072439KC Ortiz/Al Jazeera

On May 7, Thai soldiers stand guard at the Department of Defense, home to the office of Yingluck Shinawatra, moments after she was removed from the Prime Minister's position. Thailand has been in a state of intense political turmoil over the past six months as an anti-government movement has taken to the streets of Bangkok, demanding the removal of Yingluck Shinawatra and her ruling Pheu Thai party (PT) and the appointment of an unelected prime minister to reform the country. Twenty five people have been killed and hundreds injured on the streets to date, yet many fear the worst is to come.

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Yingluck Shinawatra says a final thank you to supporters at a press conference immediately after the country'??s Constitutional Court ruled that she abused her power by transferring the National Security Council chief three years ago, leading to her removal from the care taker Prime Minister position. The court is considered an ally of Shinawatra'??s opponents, such as the traditional Bangkok ruling elite. Yingluck's supporters called the ruling a judicial coup detat. Though Yingluck herself has been removed, her PT party still heads the government for the time being.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Thailand_protests_2014/slideshow/no-caption/79e717ec0fcf2e7b041908010659a11dKC Ortiz/Al Jazeera

Yingluck Shinawatra says a final thank you to supporters at a press conference immediately after the country'??s Constitutional Court ruled that she abused her power by transferring the National Security Council chief three years ago, leading to her removal from the care taker Prime Minister position. The court is considered an ally of Shinawatra'??s opponents, such as the traditional Bangkok ruling elite. Yingluck's supporters called the ruling a judicial coup detat. Though Yingluck herself has been removed, her PT party still heads the government for the time being.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Thailand_protests_2014/slideshow/no-caption/c8acaebd51853f14409d239e76dfd35b

Supporters of former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra hand her flowers as she leaves the Department of Defense after being removed from office. The Shinawatra family receives huge support from their followers who believe that they helped bring many of the country's rural areas into the modern age with benefits and programmes such as healthcare and education introduced to them for the first time under Yingluck'??s brother, Thaksin Shinawatra'??s, five year rule from 2001-2006. Shinawatra opponents say their PT party wins elections only because it is buying votes with it's populist policies and the family uses the government as their own bank for corrupt deals that enrich themselves and their clan.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Thailand_protests_2014/slideshow/no-caption/c8acaebd51853f14409d239e76dfd35bKC Ortiz/Al Jazeera

Supporters of former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra hand her flowers as she leaves the Department of Defense after being removed from office. The Shinawatra family receives huge support from their followers who believe that they helped bring many of the country's rural areas into the modern age with benefits and programmes such as healthcare and education introduced to them for the first time under Yingluck'??s brother, Thaksin Shinawatra'??s, five year rule from 2001-2006. Shinawatra opponents say their PT party wins elections only because it is buying votes with it's populist policies and the family uses the government as their own bank for corrupt deals that enrich themselves and their clan.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Thailand_protests_2014/slideshow/no-caption/1081b70fb56c11ec66d34bae30292411

A group of pro-monarchy supporters, also known as "Red Shirts", march with posters of Thailand'??s king, Bhumibol Adulyadej, in the lead. They intended in taking back the area from anti-government protesters, the People'??s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC). The PDRC has been occupying various areas of Bangkok for six months while the Red Shirts have remained largely silent.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Thailand_protests_2014/slideshow/no-caption/1081b70fb56c11ec66d34bae30292411KC Ortiz/Al Jazeera

A group of pro-monarchy supporters, also known as "Red Shirts", march with posters of Thailand'??s king, Bhumibol Adulyadej, in the lead. They intended in taking back the area from anti-government protesters, the People'??s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC). The PDRC has been occupying various areas of Bangkok for six months while the Red Shirts have remained largely silent.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Thailand_protests_2014/slideshow/no-caption/a5ec13ca049bef67a0470e5b2a6720a7

Police form a blockade preventing the Red Shirts from passing and moving against the nearby PDRC protest site. There have been few direct confrontations, but he few times they have met has resulted in violence.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Thailand_protests_2014/slideshow/no-caption/a5ec13ca049bef67a0470e5b2a6720a7KC Ortiz/Al Jazeera

Police form a blockade preventing the Red Shirts from passing and moving against the nearby PDRC protest site. There have been few direct confrontations, but he few times they have met has resulted in violence.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Thailand_protests_2014/slideshow/no-caption/f0962366a5226e04bf7a65e8c4e7a1a4

A PDRC supporter passes a barricade of tires and concrete slabs set up by protesters outside of "Government House" (the minister's office) in Bangkok. The PDRC declared that they would hold their "final battle"?? rally on May 9 in a last push to oust Shinawatra.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Thailand_protests_2014/slideshow/no-caption/f0962366a5226e04bf7a65e8c4e7a1a4KC Ortiz/Al Jazeera

A PDRC supporter passes a barricade of tires and concrete slabs set up by protesters outside of "Government House" (the minister's office) in Bangkok. The PDRC declared that they would hold their "final battle"?? rally on May 9 in a last push to oust Shinawatra.

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Suthep Thaugsuban, a PDRC leader and a former deputy prime minister, wanted himself for charges of murder and treason, addresses his supporters from the stage of his "final battle" rally outside of Government House while surrounded by his personal security guards. Suthep declared the PDRC wanted drastic government change within three days and would do whatever is necessary. The PDRC has been pushing for the military to stage a coup but military leadership has so far declined and stated they have no intention of doing any such thing for the time being. Thailand has had more coups than any other country on the planet, the military has staged eleven successful coups and seven attempted coups since 1932.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Thailand_protests_2014/slideshow/no-caption/8ef1a33bf0b9890cc3c38e91acee4230KC Ortiz/Al Jazeera

Suthep Thaugsuban, a PDRC leader and a former deputy prime minister, wanted himself for charges of murder and treason, addresses his supporters from the stage of his "final battle" rally outside of Government House while surrounded by his personal security guards. Suthep declared the PDRC wanted drastic government change within three days and would do whatever is necessary. The PDRC has been pushing for the military to stage a coup but military leadership has so far declined and stated they have no intention of doing any such thing for the time being. Thailand has had more coups than any other country on the planet, the military has staged eleven successful coups and seven attempted coups since 1932.

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A PDRC supporter blows a whistle outside of the national Parliament in Bangkok. The majority of PDRC supporters consist of Bangkok'??s long standing elite and middle class who have traditionally held sway over the halls of power and wealth in Thailand.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Thailand_protests_2014/slideshow/no-caption/1d048fb095224b23a3026a40f1d640daKC Ortiz/Al Jazeera

A PDRC supporter blows a whistle outside of the national Parliament in Bangkok. The majority of PDRC supporters consist of Bangkok'??s long standing elite and middle class who have traditionally held sway over the halls of power and wealth in Thailand.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Thailand_protests_2014/slideshow/no-caption/a52d219400cebd10585f71d74b2976c0

PDRC protesters occupy the streets around Parliament demanding that a new unelected prime minister is appointed by the courts, parliament, or the election commission, all allies of their movement and hostile to the current government. The PDRC says that democracy can not work in Thailand and that the entire system must be reformed before any elections can be held for a new government.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Thailand_protests_2014/slideshow/no-caption/a52d219400cebd10585f71d74b2976c0KC Ortiz/Al Jazeera

PDRC protesters occupy the streets around Parliament demanding that a new unelected prime minister is appointed by the courts, parliament, or the election commission, all allies of their movement and hostile to the current government. The PDRC says that democracy can not work in Thailand and that the entire system must be reformed before any elections can be held for a new government.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Thailand_protests_2014/slideshow/no-caption/41abe7ef00f0179123c3c2748aa43896A PDRC protester waves a Thai flag outside of Parliament. The PDRC has been losing momentum as their movement has dragged out over the months and their tactics of occupying the city has soured many, but they are still able to bring out thousands of people on short notice. http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Thailand_protests_2014/slideshow/no-caption/41abe7ef00f0179123c3c2748aa43896KC Ortiz/Al Jazeera A PDRC protester waves a Thai flag outside of Parliament. The PDRC has been losing momentum as their movement has dragged out over the months and their tactics of occupying the city has soured many, but they are still able to bring out thousands of people on short notice. http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Thailand_protests_2014/slideshow/no-caption/f3c08aa4c117bf9bb5df60f1fe4929f4An anti-government Buddhist monk watches the PDRC occupy the streets around Parliament while surrounded by a team of security guards. http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Thailand_protests_2014/slideshow/no-caption/f3c08aa4c117bf9bb5df60f1fe4929f4KC Ortiz/Al Jazeera An anti-government Buddhist monk watches the PDRC occupy the streets around Parliament while surrounded by a team of security guards. http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Thailand_protests_2014/slideshow/no-caption/b04726912ed32b9e4aada2e4d32cb617

A PDRC supporter blows a whistle during the final battle rally. Each side claims to be the side that truly serves and loves the King and royal family of Thailand.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Thailand_protests_2014/slideshow/no-caption/b04726912ed32b9e4aada2e4d32cb617KC Ortiz/Al Jazeera

A PDRC supporter blows a whistle during the final battle rally. Each side claims to be the side that truly serves and loves the King and royal family of Thailand.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Thailand_protests_2014/slideshow/no-caption/ea4321a7b463674e0aa26571b9c62185

Anti-government protesters rally in front of Channel 5, a free television station, as part of their final battle plan. The PDRC spread supporters to five different free television channels and demanded they broadcast their leader's (Suthep) speeches and stop airing news on the government. With few options in the face of aggressive protesters all of the stations were forced to comply. International and local journalist associations bitterly opposed the move as a direct intimidation of press freedom.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Thailand_protests_2014/slideshow/no-caption/ea4321a7b463674e0aa26571b9c62185KC Ortiz/Al Jazeera

Anti-government protesters rally in front of Channel 5, a free television station, as part of their final battle plan. The PDRC spread supporters to five different free television channels and demanded they broadcast their leader's (Suthep) speeches and stop airing news on the government. With few options in the face of aggressive protesters all of the stations were forced to comply. International and local journalist associations bitterly opposed the move as a direct intimidation of press freedom.

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On May 10, the Red Shirts held their first rally since the court ruling against Yingluck. Twelve kilometers away from PDRC bases in central Bangkok, the Red Shirts set up a 4km long camp on the edge of the capital, where they say they will stay until democracy is returned to Thailand.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Thailand_protests_2014/slideshow/no-caption/175c6174d40b9d9f41ba210316d80932KC Ortiz/Al Jazeera

On May 10, the Red Shirts held their first rally since the court ruling against Yingluck. Twelve kilometers away from PDRC bases in central Bangkok, the Red Shirts set up a 4km long camp on the edge of the capital, where they say they will stay until democracy is returned to Thailand.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Thailand_protests_2014/slideshow/no-caption/5b0b4463709af6f7130860511c8adc86

Red Shirt leaders address the crowd at their rally site in Bangkok. The Red Shirts have repeatedly warned that the country will break out into civil war if the PDRC and it'??s allies succeed in overthrowing the government and appointing their own prime minister.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Thailand_protests_2014/slideshow/no-caption/5b0b4463709af6f7130860511c8adc86KC Ortiz/Al Jazeera

Red Shirt leaders address the crowd at their rally site in Bangkok. The Red Shirts have repeatedly warned that the country will break out into civil war if the PDRC and it'??s allies succeed in overthrowing the government and appointing their own prime minister.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Thailand_protests_2014/slideshow/no-caption/e2b0cacb7f7c3c9b8f3c8140430e0330

Jatuporn Prompan, chairman of the United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD), speaks at the Red Shirt rally on May 10. Jatuporn requested all Red Shirts refrain from provoking or confronting the PDRC as he believes that is what they want in order to give the military a reason to justify a coup.

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Jatuporn Prompan, chairman of the United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD), speaks at the Red Shirt rally on May 10. Jatuporn requested all Red Shirts refrain from provoking or confronting the PDRC as he believes that is what they want in order to give the military a reason to justify a coup.

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On May 11, PDRC leader Suthep Thaugsuban gives a speech to his followers occupying Government House, reiterating his demands for an appointed Prime Minister and reforming the nation.

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On May 11, PDRC leader Suthep Thaugsuban gives a speech to his followers occupying Government House, reiterating his demands for an appointed Prime Minister and reforming the nation.

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As of May 11, PDRC guards had moved into a building on the grounds of Government House, the Thai equivalent of the United State??s White House, where they have set up a command center for operations.

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As of May 11, PDRC guards had moved into a building on the grounds of Government House, the Thai equivalent of the United State??s White House, where they have set up a command center for operations.



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