25 November 2013
Last updated at 04:46 ET
Thousands of protesters began flooding the streets of Thailand's capital, Bangkok, over the weekend, demanding Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra resign.
Sunday's estimated 100,000 protesters comprised the biggest number the capital has seen in recent years. The protesters are angered by a controversial government-backed political amnesty bill.
The opposition say the bill, which was rejected by the Senate earlier this month, would have allowed the return of ousted leader Thaksin Shinawatra, without him having to serve a jail term for corruption.
Mr Thaksin, the brother of the current prime minister, lives in self-imposed exile. He remains a deeply polarising figure since he was deposed in a military coup in 2006.
In another part of the capital, thousands of government supporters, also known as "red-shirts", held a rally in support of the prime minister and her brother.
The anti-government protests are being led by former opposition lawmaker and one-time deputy PM Suthep Thaugsuban, who said the demonstrations would be orderly.
But on Monday, scores of people forced their way into the offices of the finance ministry in central Bangkok.
Apart from the finance ministry, the protesters also marched on state offices, military headquarters and television stations.