March 17th, 2010
04:54 AM ET

Protesters splatter blood on Thai prime minister's home

Anti-government protesters broke through a heavy police cordon Wednesday and splattered blood on the gates of Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva's residence.

Abhisit, who is staying at the army's 11th Infantry headquarters, was out of the capital, visiting drought-hit areas of Thailand at the time of the attack.

Authorities had planted about 1,500 police officers outside Abhisit's residence. The protesters nonetheless penetrated the barricades and flung bags of blood over the walls of the compound. There were no immediate reports of violence.

A day earlier, demonstrators poured a small amount of blood at government headquarters in Bangkok.

The "red shirts" - so named for their clothing - are collecting 1,000  liters of their own blood every day to splatter on various official buildings.

The gesture is the latest move by the anti-government United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship, or UDD, to force Abhisit to dissolve parliament  and call new elections.

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