© Katharina Hesse
Anti-government protesters demonstrate outside the government house in Bangkok, Thailand, on Nov. 27, 2008. The campaign by the PAD (People's Alliance for Democracy), which began in earnest in May, has paralyzed the Thai government. The group – an alliance of royalists, businessmen and the urban middle class – claim that the government is corrupt and hostile to the monarchy. They also accuse it of being a proxy for former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who remains very popular among Thailand's rural poor.