Thai Political Chaos For the past decade, starting with a military coup against Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra in 2006, Thailand's political situation has been chaotic. A back and forth between those allied with former PM Thaksin (The Red Shirts), who tend to be rural people and those tied to Thaksin's businesses; and those vehemently opposed to him (The Yellow Shirts) who tend to be urban, royalist, and in favor of the traditional status quo. Tens of thousands of yellow and red shirted protesters have occupied the streets at various times demanding change to the political situation. The red shirts here, who were angered by a series of controversial parliamentary moves by anti-Thaksin politicians, took to the streets and occupied Bangkok's main downtown area. Increasing pressure from both sides eventually forced violent confrontation between the Red Shirts and the government.