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Red Shirt protest in Bangkok..UDD leaders with bottles of blood..Over 30000 cc of blood was donated by Red Shirt demonstrators and UDD members. The blood was poured on the steps of Government house and the house of prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva. This way the government has to walk over the peoples blood to enter parliament. According to Thai astrologers, the splashing of blood is a Khmer black magic ritual and protesters are trying to curse the government. Many of the Red Shirt followers are superstitious, coming from the countryÕs rural north-east..The UDD (United Front of Democracy Against Dictatorship), commonly known as Red Shirts, support former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra who was overthrown after the military coup of 2006. The UDD claims that Abhisit Vejjajiva's government took power illegitimately, backed by the Thai Army and the judiciary. It calls for the Thai Parliament to be dissolved so that a general re-election can be held. The UDD allies itself with the "For Thais Party" and they accuse the country's elite, the military, judiciary, certain members of the Privy Council, of undermining democracy by interfering in politics. The protests also urges the immediate resignation of Prem from the Privy Council. .March, 2010.Credit: © Guido Van Damme 2010

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Red Shirt protest in Bangkok..UDD leaders with bottles of blood..Over 30000 cc of blood was donated by Red Shirt demonstrators and UDD members. The blood was poured on the steps of Government house and the house of prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva. This way the government has to walk over the peoples blood to enter parliament. According to Thai astrologers, the splashing of blood is a Khmer black magic ritual and protesters are trying to curse the government. Many of the Red Shirt followers are superstitious, coming from the countryÕs rural north-east..The UDD (United Front of Democracy Against Dictatorship), commonly known as Red Shirts, support  former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra who was overthrown after the military coup of 2006. The UDD claims that Abhisit Vejjajiva's government took power illegitimately, backed by the Thai Army and the judiciary. It calls for the Thai Parliament to be dissolved so that a general re-election can be held. The UDD allies itself with the "For Thais Party" and they accuse the country's elite, the military, judiciary, certain members of the Privy Council, of undermining democracy by interfering in politics. The protests also urges the immediate resignation of Prem from the Privy Council. .March, 2010.Credit: © Guido Van Damme 2010