Thai PM rejects calls for snap election

Tens of thousands of protestors gather outside army barracks where government is holed up.

Tens of thousands of anti-government protesters in Thailand have gathered outside an army barracks where the prime minister and other government officials are holed up.

The rally, led by red-shirt supporters of ousted ex-prime minister, Thaksin Shinawatra, is one of the largest seen in recent years.

So far, the demonstration has been peaceful, although two soldiers were hurt when grenades exploded inside another army base. An army spokesman said it was not clear who was responsible.

Current prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva appeared on national television to reject the protestor's demand that he resign by midday and call elections.

He said: "Elections must be held under common rules and genuine calm. We have to listen to other people's voices, not just the protesters."
Several thousand extra soldiers have been sent to the 11th infantry battalion barracks in the north of Bangkok to reinforce security.