The protests are led by the People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD), a coalition of royalists, academics and businessmen.
The PAD protesters, wearing the royal colour of yellow, want Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej's government to quit, accusing him and former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra -- now in exile in London after fleeing corruption charges -- of wanting to turn the kingdom into a republic, a charge both deny.
"They don't love the king as they claim they do and want to fight for him," glass blower Prapha Janjaem said of the protesters.
"If they did, they wouldn't do what they are doing now," Prapha said. Exports of her glass souvenirs were stranded at Bangkok's port after union workers went on strike in support of the protests.
"Many of these well-off protesters may think they can afford to join the rally, but they don't realise that the demonstration is hurting everybody else in this country," Prapha said.
“P.P.P. will propose Samak as prime minister on the grounds that he’s the party leader, and the wrongdoing was petty and not triggered by mismanagement,” said Witthaya Buranasiri, an official of Mr. Samak’s People Power Party.
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