Thailand has declared a state of emergency after anti-government protesters stormed the country’s parliament.
It is the boldest move so far by demonstrators attempting to force elections and regain the premiership for Thaksin Shinawatra following his ousting last year.
In response, the Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, who is operating out of a military compound, said he would not use force to disperse the crowd.
But police fired tear gas on demonstrators to prevent them entering the building.
The scene outside parliament was among the most chaotic and confrontational since the protests began on March 12.
Leaders of the “red shirts” have now reportedly called for a wider demonstration on Friday in a bid to overthrow the government.