Red-shirted anti-government demonstrators in Thailand converged on the house of the prime minister where they poured blood over the gates in a symbolic act of protest.
Neither the PM Abhisit Vejajjiva nor his family were there at the time.
The protest leaders said they had collected 300,000 cubic centimetres of their own blood which they proceeded to spill. The government had threatened to block the protest, but despite a heavy security presence and some tension it seems a negotiated solution was found and a small group was allowed to approach the compound.
“We’re nearly winning,” said one woman, “they thought we’ll feel weak and will want to go home but it’s not like that. We’ll come back with reinforcements”.
“I won’t give up”, said a man, equally defiant. “I’ve been fighting to reach this point, so I’ll continue fighting until we win and get democracy.”
The number of demonstrators has dropped by about half since the protest reached its peak on Sunday. The Prime Minister has rejected demands to quit and call elections. The protesters say the government came to power illegally after the former leader Thaksin Shinawatra was deposed in a military coup in 2006.