An estimated 100,000 members of the Democratic Alliance Against Dictatorship (DAAD) took to the streets on 8 April 2009 in the hope of dislodging Privy Council President Prem Tinsulanonda.
The protest was the largest for the so-called “red shirts” who support former Premier Thaksin Shinawatra.. They vowed to remove “elite influence” in politics. This followed public allegations that former General Prem was centrally involved in the coup that ousted Thaskin.
The protestors also target the Abhisit Vejjajiva government, in office since mid Dec 2008, who they claim only came to power because of elite influence.
The protests shut down part of Bangkok and red shirts also showed up outside Prem's official residence in Si Sao Theves, hurling abuse as they called for his resignation as top
However the Thai government has given assurances that the ASEAN Summit with dialogue partners will be held on schedule and in safety.
Source: The Nation, PRO-THAKSIN MASS RALLY, April 9, 2009