Thailand crisis: Protesters begin Bangkok 'shutdown'
13 January 2014 Last updated at 05:02 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 protesters are building barricades and occupying key road junctions.
The BBC's Jonathan Head, who is in Bangkok, has been outlining the strength of the opposition demonstrators.