Thai "red shirt" protests increase

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Red Shirt protesters in Bangkok have stormed the studios of their satellite station after the government ordered it be shut down.

Authorities closed People’s TV on Thursday, sparking demonstrations from the opposition movement.

The military briefly attempted to disperse the crowds with teargas before pulling back and leaving the Red Shirts to continue thier protest.

They have been camped out on the streets of Thailand’s capital for a month, calling for Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva to resign and hold new elections.

He responded by declaring a state of emergency and introducing tough new laws banning public gatherings.

“This emergency law is not justified. We have women and children at this protest. We’re unarmed and we are just fighting for our futures,” said one demonstrator.

The Red Shirts back ousted premier Thaksin Shinawatra, who is now in exile. Their support comes from the rural poor.

Abhisit’s followers are largely from Thailand’s middle and upper classes.

The British born premier took over from Thaksin after a court ruling in Decemeber 2008 over disupted elections.