With at least 20 killed and hundreds injured, Thailand’s five-year political crisis threatens to spiral completely out of control as Red Shirt demonstrators parade the bodies of their dead compatriots through Bangkok's streets. The chaos is not just undermining the premiership of Abhisit Vejajiva, who remained defiant after the deaths, but also the military and royalist forces who ousted Thaksin Shinawatra in a 2006 coup and his allies two years later. The Red Shirts, known as the United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship, are demanding the dissolution of the lower house of parliament and immediate elections. They have escalated their tactics in recent days, prompting the government to call a state of emergency.

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