A day of violence in the Thai capital. “Red Shirts” activists who oppose Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, are storming government offices and broadcast stations in the hope of bringing on a “people’s coup”

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Thousands of protesters calling for a “people’s coup” against the Thai government are rioting and blocking government offices in the capitol Bangkok. The protesters caused the evacuation of the Prime Minister – Yingluck Shinawatra to a police station in order to insure her safety.

The police fired tear gas at the protestors who responded by the throwing stones during mass protests that shut down parts of Bangkok. Last night gunfire and knife fights were reported among the clashes that killed 2 people and injured another 54. Shinawatra gave interviews to the press at the peak of the protests, when one of them was cut off when protestors managed to take over Thai broadcast PBS, while waving flags and calling out slogans.

Yingluck Shinawatra, Thai PM

Yingluck Shinawatra, Thai PM Photography: AP

Tens of thousands of protesters preparing for battle

According to reports, the protests are expected to escalate, after a week of protest, a week that the protesters think will bring the end of an ear in Thailand – the end of the Shinawatra family’s reign in Thailand. The police claim that 30 thousand protestors are spread in a number of locations today.

The struggle today is the final front in the years long battle between the urban population, the Thai middle class, the educated and associates of the royal family – to the supporters of the Shinawatra family, a family that is estimated to be worth billions. The protests broke out after the Prime Minister wanted to pardon her brother Taksin Shinawatra, who was dismissed in a military coup in 2006, and who is facing charges of corruption.