Thousands of royalist protesters fanned out across Thailand's capital on Friday to try to bring down a caretaker government after a court threw Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra out of office and an anti-graft agency indicted her for negligence.
Yingluck's Puea Thai Party still runs the interim government and is hoping to organise a July 20 election that it would probably win, but the protesters want the government out, the election postponed and reforms to end the influence of Yingluck's brother, former premier Thaksin Shinawatra.
Protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban, speaking to supporters in a city park, urged them to rally outside parliament, the prime minister's offices and five television stations to prevent them being used by the government.
"We will sweep the debris of the Thaksin regime out of the country," said Suthep, a former deputy premier in a government run by the pro-establishment Democrat party.
Thaksin is vilified by his enemies as a corrupt crony capitalist. But he won the unswerving loyalty of legions of rural and urban poor with populist polices when he was prime minister from 2001 until he was ousted in a 2006 coup.
He lives in exile to avoid a 2008 jail sentence for abuse of power but has been the guiding hand behind his sister's government.
Protesters waving red, white and blue Thai flags later set off from the park for rally sites, most in Bangkok's historic quarter.
"That puppet Yingluck is gone but our work is not over," said Pornprasert Chernalom, 39, who owns a small business in Samut Sakhon province, west of Bangkok.
"The illegitimate Thaksin cabinet remains in power. Our next step is to give power back to the people."
Some protesters held pictures of Thaksin and Yingluck with their faces crossed out. Others held banners that read: "Love Thailand, eradicate the Thaksin regime".
Tens of thousands of the Shinawatras' "red shirt" supporters, angered by Yingluck's ousting, are also on their way to Bangkok for a rally on Saturday.