An estimated 20,000 red-shirts gathered at the Democracy Monument in Bangkok yesterday to call for fresh elections in Thailand. The rally was peaceful and featured a candle-lighting ceremony in honour of the Thai king who was 82 on December 5. Via video link, the candle ceremony was led by exiled former leader Thaksin Shinawatra.
Yesterday was a public holiday in Thailand to mark Constitution Day. Since 1932, there have been numerous amendments and rewrites to the Thai Constitution. In 2007, Thaksin was ousted in a military coup and the subsequent military-led government introduced a new constitution which remains as a major point of contention with the pro-Thaksin supporters.