Thailand’s red shirt protesters have vowed to step up their campaign for new elections after a peace overture to the government was rejected.
Hundreds blocked traffic trying to get into Bangkok amid fears police reinforcements were being sent to the capital to clear areas occupied by activists.
Although a failed attempt to eject red shirts this month led to clashes that killed 25 people, Thailand’s Prime Minister is talking tough.
On television, Abhisit Vejjajiva said he thought the way to solve the problem was to crack down on the rally and put pressure on the army to do so.
Delighting pro-government demonstrators who are also on the streets, he has flatly rejected a red shirt offer to dissolve parliament and call elections within 30 days.
The fear now, as the stalemate intensifies, is that further unrest and bloodshed are inevitable.