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Thailand’s bloody protests


Thailand’s anti-government protesters call it a “symbolic sacrifice for democracy”. Bangkok’s royalist elite dismiss it as a PR stunt. The government condemns it as faux “black magic”. Health workers call it a revolting waste of a precious resource. And many others get squeamish simply talking about it.

The blood-letting, blood-splashing and blood-pouring by thousands of anti-government protesters in Bangkok has drawn mixed reviews and raised eyebrows even in superstitious and politically-charged Thailand.

Bags of blood were poured on the gates and fences of Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva’s heavily guarded house. Some were hurled into his compound. Some hit the roof and then burst, spraying droplets of blood. That came a day after blood was poured in front of his office and at his Democrat Party headquarters by the red-shirted protesters, who are supporters of ousted premier Thaksin Shinawatra.

In all, protest leaders claim they collected 600 litres of blood from 60,000 people – about a few teaspoons each — although media have expressed doubt about the figure, which if correct means there was enough blood to fill about 10 typical bathtubs.