Thailand crisis: Protesters launch Bangkok 'shutdown'
13 January 2014 Last updated at 06:53 GMT
Protesters have begun blocking roads in parts of the Thai capital, Bangkok, in a bid to oust the government before snap elections on 2 February.
The BBC's Jonathan Head in Bangkok said that the protests were "well-organised and well-funded".
He spoke to protester Sawan Songpracha, who told him that the demonstrators wanted Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to resign as she was a "puppet on a string".