67 people have been killed since an uprising against current Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva who ushered into power by a 2006 coup. The red shirts mostly poor and from surrounding rural areas are protesting the current Government and it’s legitimacy.
Anti-government protesters set tires ablaze under sniper fire, Tuesday, May 18, 2010 in Bangkok, Thailand. The Thai government rejected a proposal Tuesdayfor peace talks with leaders of the Red Shirt protesters to end the deadly mayhem gripping Bangkok, saying negotiations cannot start until the protesters disperse.(AP Photo/Wally Santana)