The standoff in Thailand between anti-government protesters and security forces has intensfied after the Red Shirt leader called on troops to pull away from their rally site in central Bangkok.
Tensions are running high after a grenade blast killed one person and wounded 88 yesterday.
After six weeks of violence in the Thai capital, multi-coloured shirt protesters are calling on the Red Shirts to stop their rallies.
They are also close to the government, but support peaceful means of resolving the deadlock.
The Red Shirts, close to ousted premier Thaksin Shinawatra, want prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva to quit and hold fresh elections.
But British-born, Oxford-educated Abhisit has refused to resign, instead deploying the military crack down on the protesters.
Bangkok is a highly popular tourist destination in the region but foreigners are now being told to stay away from city unless their journey is absolutely necessary.