Protests in Thailand against Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra have been heating up. Anti-government protester leader Suthep Thaugsuban has said the protesters will seize Bangkok after the New Year, reports The Bangkok Post on Dec. 28, 2013. Meanwhile, red-shirt supporters of the government have called for a fight against a possible coup.
While speaking to protesters from the Democracy Monument stage, Thaugsuban told his followers that after they return from visiting their families over the holiday season, they should come back to take over Bangkok in order to return power to the people. He said, "I ask my brothers and sisters in various provinces to be prepared and help us seize Bangkok." Protesters were asked to bring their clothes and food with them because they may have to fight for months until they achieve victory.
As the political crisis deepened in Bangkok a Thai protester shot dead, reports the BBC. Early Saturday morning a Thai protester was shot dead and several were wounded by an unidentified gunman, in Bangkok. There have now been eight fatalities in street clashes which began in November.
The protests in Thailand have set southern and Bangkok-based middle-class Thais against Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and her billionaire family, who have been supported by millions of primarily poor Thais from the rural north and north-east. The protests were sparked off by the prime minister's unsuccessful attempt to push an amnesty bill through parliament aimed at exonerating her brother, former premier Thaksin Shinawatra, from a corruption conviction.