6 Apr 2010

Thai protests continue

3:15 pm on 6 April 2010

Anti-government protestors in Thailand continue to occupy an area in the commercial heart of the capital Bangkok.

Shopping centres and upmarket department stores were closed on Monday for a third successive day.

But a judge has now ruled that the government can go ahead and evict the protesters without a special court order.

The Red Shirts, as the protestors are known, have staged a series of rallies over the past three weeks, calling on the government to dissolve parliament and hold fresh elections.

On Saturday the red shirts moved their main camp from the old part of Bangkok to the city's commercial heart.

The BBC reports many have been sleeping on mats outside five-star hotels and shopping centres.

About 100 protesters forced their way into the Election Commission building on Monday.