New Protesters Greet Thailand's New Gov't

Thaksin supporters force parliament to suspend proceedings
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 29, 2008 6:08 AM CST
Thai protesters, supporters of exiled prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, during a rally outside Parliament Monday, Dec. 29, 2008 in Bangkok.   (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
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(Newser) – A different set of anti-government protesters converged on Bankok today, with thousands of red-shirted supporters of exiled PM Thaksin Shinawatra surrounding parliament and forcing lawmakers to postpone their session. The yellow-clad Thaksin opposition had been set to take power after months of demonstrations, reports the New York Times.

Abhisit Vejjajiva became Thailand's new PM on Dec. 17 after a court ruling banned his predecessor and dismantled a Thaksin-linked party. That enraged the exiled leader's supporters, who have formed a group calling itself the Democratic Alliance Against Dictatorship and are calling for a fresh election. An ally of Thaksin won the 2006 election that ended the last period of military rule, and his supporters insist they would win again in a new poll.