Thais Collect Buckets of Blood—to Hurl in Protest

Red-shirts plan 'blood curse' after election refusal
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 16, 2010 1:42 AM CDT
Updated Mar 16, 2010 5:40 AM CDT

(Newser) – The streets of Bangkok will run red with blood today if things go as planned for anti-government Thai protesters. Volunteers are lining up to help the movement reach its goal of collecting 1,000 liters of blood, which red-shirted protesters plan to hurl at government offices to curse the country's leadership, who have rejected demand for new elections.

Health officials, and even ousted leader Thaksin Shinawatra, have expressed concerns about the hygiene of the mass blood donations, but protest leaders say the "blood sacrifice" will test Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva's conscience. "If Abhisit is still stubborn, even though he does not have blood on his hands, his feet will be bloodied with our curses," said a protest organizer.

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