Opposition activists in Thailand have been trying to step up the momentum ahead of a large anti-government rally planned for Saturday.
Thousands gathered to listen to speeches and music in Bangkok, where they hope to launch a city-wide protest tomorrow – using motorbikes and pickup trucks to distribute leaflets in a bid to recruit more red-shirt supporters.
The number of demonstrators has dwindled in recent days but they remain determined to pursue their goal: to oust the government that came to power after a military coup in 2006, and force prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva to stand down and call elections.
The red shirts, largely supporters of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, watched the exiled leader address the crowd via videolink.
They want to expand their mainly rural support base. But althought they have vowed to keep up the pressure, there is little sign at the moment of the government giving way.