Protesters in Thailand have spilled their own blood in a symbolic gesture to try to bring about the downfall of the present government.
Thousands of Red Shirt activists formed long lines to have their blood drawn by nurses after they were asked by their leaders to take part in the bizarre act.
The blood was then transferred into plastic water bottles that were passed overhead through a crowd of cheering protesters outside Government House in Bangkok.
At the white iron gate of Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva’s office, the protest leaders poured out the blood which oozed under the entrance.
The Red Shirts are part of more than 100,000 demonstrators, loyal to the deposed prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, calling for the government to stand down and call snap elections.
Protest leader Nattawut Saikur said: “The blood of the common people is mixing together to fight for democracy.