Riots in Thai capitol
The Thailand prime minister declared a state of emergency on Sunday as protesters took the streets of Bangkok.
Anti-government protesters commandeered buses, seized at least 10 major intersections in the capital and even attacked the prime minister's car with poles, stones and flower pots, according to the Associated Press.
Police told the Guardian there were up to 30,000 protesters around the city.
The prime minister's decree bans gatherings of more than five people, forbids news reports threatening to public order and allows the government to "call up troops to quell unrest," according to the Guardian.
AP reported that there were also protests in areas of northern and northeastern Thailand. One group threatened to block the main bridge between Thailand and Laos that crossed the Mekong River.
The exiled prime minister, Thaksin Shinawatra, is regarded by most of the protesters as their leader. The pro-Thaksin demonstrators call themselves the United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship, and believed current Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva's government took power unfairly in December, demanding new elections.
AP reported that a day earlier more than 1,000 protesters swarmed into the venue of an Asian Summit between China, Japan, India and Thailand to discuss the global economic crisis. Vejjajiva was forced to cancel the summit, and the demonstrators declared it a victory.
According to AP, analysts say it will be difficult for him to regain control of the government and calm the people.