The end may be near … (Day 2)
Tens of thousands are encamping around his office and key military figures have all but deserted him. Despite warm support in his rural "comfort zones", Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra is looking increasingly isolated by the hours. Check out latest key developments in the unfolding political history on our real-time update.
8:15 pm: Announcer Samran Yodphet tells the crowd at the Misakawan Intersection that it appears that the April 2 election would not take place now the Supreme Court upholds the Election Commission's ruling to disqualify a Thai Rak Thai candidate in Samut Sakhon's Constituency 3.
7:50 pm: Speculation was rife as to whether Thaksin would spend the night at his home. The fact that not many policemen are deployed to guard the house led to the speculation that he would spend the night somewhere else.
6:10 pm: Thaksin arrives at home. Only a handful of police are seen guarding the area.
6:00 pm: A source quotes a very trusted aide of Privy Council President Prem as saying that Prem's statement made Wednesday night was a "direct message" to Thaksin. Chamlong has earlier made similar claim.
Manager Online reports that there are more protesters now than on Wednesday. People have already occupied the Rajdamnoen Road from Misakawan Intersection to Makkhawan Rangsan Bridge and more peolple are joining the rally. The Phitsanulok Road is already nearly filled.
5:45 pm: Thaksin leaves the Thai Rak Thai head office. Asked whether he would have problem running the government as he is scheduled to leave Bangkok for provinces tomorrow and stay away throughout next week, Thaksin replies that he can work anywhere by just making phone calls.
5:35 pm: BBC broadcasts an interview of Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva who says the three former opposition parties will stop boycott of the election only after there is true political reform.
4:00 pm: Assoc Prof Dr Chaiyan Chaiyaporn, head of the Public Administration Department of Chulalongkorn University's Faculty of Political Science denies that Thaksin's youngest daughter, Paethongtan Shinawatra, has quit from the university. Chaiyan says the rumours that she has quit might be spread to start rumours that Thaksin planned to resign.
3:30 pm: The rain stops. Protesters gather in front the main stage again. Members of the Dharma Army clean up the area, sweeping water away with broomsticks.
3:25 pm: Thaksin sternly replies "I have a cold" when he arrives at the Thai Rak Thai head office and reporters ask him if he will go to his office at Government House.
2:30 pm: Heavy rain falls at the rally site, driving many protesters to take refuge under tents. But some 100 other protesters sit under the rain to hear the Hyde Park.
1:30 pm: Thaksin arrives at the PM official residence , Ban Phitsanulok, to meet the South Korean ambassador who completes his term and visits Thaksin to say goodbye.
12:30 pm: Thaksin visits Dusit Thani Hotel to have lunch. He smiles to reporters but declines to talk to them, and quickly sneaks into the Calypso Barber's.
12:15 pm: Thaksin leaves Foreign Ministry and will have lunch at a Ratchtevi restaurant. He is scheduled to preside over at ceremony in the afternoon.
Peter Lloyd, a reporter from ABC News, suffers head injuries when security officers push him away while he tries to get close to Thaksin to interview him. During the brief confusion, his head hits a microphone.
12:00 pm : A group of businessmen stage a protest near Saladaeng skytrain station, demanding Thaksin to step down. The group calls themselves "Silom Businessmen." Prasarn Maruekhapitak, head of the club, says Thaksin has to resign.
11:43 am: People roar with cheers when Sondhi Limthongkul, a decision maker of the PAD, announces that Thaksin is scared away by the protesters and dares not come to Government House.
10:10 am: Thaksin arrives at Foreign Ministry and heads to a reception room. When asked by a reporter why he would not go to Government House, he declines to answer but shows a sign language, stating "I love you."
Foreign Ministry's spokesman Sihasak Phuangketkeow says his ministry was informed at about 8:30am that Thaksin would use the ministry as a meeting venue.
10:00 am: Chamlong walks around to greet hundreds of protesters at the rally site.
9:20 am: Government Spokesman tells a press conference that the venue of a meeting of the committee in charge of holding exhibition to mark His Majesty the King's 60 years on the Throne from Government House to the Foreign Ministry on security reasons. Thaksin is scheduled to chair the meeting.
9:15 am: A Nation reporter learns from a well-informed Thai Rak Thai source that Thaksin cancels his plan to return to work at Government House. He will head to the Foreign Ministry instead and use it as his temporary office.
9:00 am: Thaksin calls at Wang Noi district in Ayuttthaya to greet some 2,000 villagers who ride farm trucks to Bangkok to show of their support for him. He spends about 15 minutes walking among the villagers and leaves for Bangkok.
8:55 am: The news talk show on the stage in front of Government House ends.
7:32 am: Manager Online reports that Defence Minister Thamarak Isarangura denied the government planned to use soldiers to break up the protest to make way for Thaksin to enter Government House's compound. Thammarak is quoted as saying that he had never thought about using force on the people.
6:30 am: Sarocha and two announcers - Parnthep Wongwongphan and Khamnoonsitthisamarn - hold a news talk show.
Thaksin who has breakfast at the Royal Princess Hotel in Nakhon Ratchasima insists he will play by the rules and he will wait for the outcome of the election before deciding whether to have a break from politics or not. "I've already retreated by many steps," he says when asked to comment on Prem's plea for reconciliation.
5:40 am: Chamlong ends his 40-minute talks. Announcer Samran Yodphet asks sleepy protesters to take a nap. He says Sarocha Porn-udomsak, a co-host of Muangthai Rai Supda or Thailand Weekly talk show, will hold a news talk show 6:30 to 9 am on the stage.
5:38 am: Chamlong assures the protesters that Thaksin will definitely resign. Chamlong promises he will remain with the protesters in front of Government House until the people's victory comes.
5:30 am: Chamlong reminds the protesters of the fight against "military attempts to perpetuate power" by taking to street in May 1992. He says at that time middle-class businessmen carried first-generation mobile phones, "which were as big as ice boxes" during the demonstration.
5:26 am: Chamlong says the people have reenacted the march from Sanam Luang to Government House for several times so the real march on March 14 became successful.
5:23 am: Chamlong says a stupid government leader hires villagers to drive farm trucks to Bangkok. He says it's illegal for farm trucks to run on Bangkok streets. He says the government must ensure that the "hired supporters" of Thaksin must not come to Government House to confront the protesters.
5:10 am: Chamlong Srimuang, a decision maker of the People's Alliance for Democracy, tells the crowd to be proud of themselves for fighting for the country. He affirms the rally will not end if Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra refuses to resign.
The end may be near (Day 1)