The Globe's East Asia correspondent, Mark MacKinnon, has been sending live Twitter updates from the streets of Bangkok for the past week. With just 140 characters and a few photos snapped on his phone, he's relayed a fascinating perspective of Thailand's political upheaval.
Note: Twitter update timestamps reflect local time in Bangkok
• 10:38 a.m: Three more Bangkok malls shut by Red Shirt protest. Hyatt Erawan closed too RT @RichardBarrow SIAM PARAGON/SIAM CENTER/SIAM DISCOVERY closed
• 10:39 a.m: Thumping rain in Bangkok this morning has sent many Red Shirts running for cover. Protest site emptiest its been in days.
• 12:24 p.m: Bangkok Post: Thailand future "precarious." Thaksin party a threat to "revered institution," civil war possible: http://tinyurl.com/y2ydxkq
• 7:23 p.m: The waiter in the Japanese restaurant I'm in just blamed the lack of tuna on the Red Shirts. Thaksin, what have you done??
• 10:16 a.m: Red Shirt leaders claim part of army would defend Reds if new crackdown. "Tanks would fire at one another."
• 12:51 p.m: Thai Red Shirt protestors plan move to Silom banking district, military says will block them. Silom "out of bounds."
• 4:48 p.m: Thailand "Red Shirts" plan mass rally Tuesday, call on supporters to withdraw savings from "symbol of the aristocrats" Bangkok Bank.
• 5:56 p.m: Thailand: Pro-government "Yellow Shirts" give military one week to end Red Shirt protests or will act "to preserve the nation and monarchy"
• 5:59 p.m: Thai army vows to block Red Shirts if they try to move protest to Silom financial district: http://tinyurl.com/y7npxy6
• 10:16 a.m: Thailand: Red Shirt leaders back away from clash with military, cancel plans to expand protest to Silom Road financial district.
• 12:57 p.m: Shoppers, Yellow Shirts and soldiers in riot gear mingling on Silom Road. Bizarre. Half of Bangkok still acting like place not falling apart
• 1:01 p.m: Army Humvee parked where the food inspector's car should be in front of KFC on Silom Road.
• 1:24 p.m: Shopping among the soldiers on Silom Road, Bangkok
• 2:04 p.m: Barbed wire, soldiers on Silom Road, Bangkok
• 2:23 p.m: Also popular outcry to suspend Haibao, the suspicously Gumby-like mascot RT @BreakingNews: Shanghai Expo theme song on plagiarism "hiatus"
• 2:33 p.m: Red Shirts, not police, control Chitlom BTS station over demo site
• 7:58 p.m: Uh-oh. Intercontinental Hotel in centre of Red Shirt protests in Bangkok closing its doors, citing troop movements.
• 10:05 p.m: Sigh. Terrorists, terrorists, terrorists. I moved out of the Middle East to escape the word, now everyone in Thailand is using it.
• 10:22 a.m: is being evicted from my second hotel this week. You'd think I was throwing TVs out the window.
• 10:32 a.m: Red Shirts have erected black tarp over main stage area in central Bangkok. Will obscure both the sun and the view of anyone spying above.
• 11:59 a.m: Death toll from Qinghai earthquake now over 2,000. Another 200 still missing.
• 4:27 p.m: Mood still tense, Red Shirts on motorbikes patrolling beyond usual protest camp borders, some carrying bamboo poles.
• 10:05 p.m: Amnesty International: "All sides in Thailand's widening political conflict should immediately commit to ending human rights abuses."
• 10:05 p.m: Amnesty "urges [Thai government]to provide accountability for any violations by security forces as well as abuses by violent protesters."
• 10:21 a.m:Thailand's Red Shirts preparing for new army move, building tire barriers at all six entrances to their central Bangkok protest site.
• 5:22 p.m: As both sides talk war, there are scattered reports that negotiations are finally taking place... #thailand
• 7:23 p.m: Extremely tense now at Silom front line. Hundreds of Yellows chanting "get out!" at Reds from behind line of soldiers.
• 7:24 p.m: Tuk-tuk backfired near front line between army, Reds, and everyone ducked. #thailand
• 7:30 p.m: Pro-government demonstrators chant "Get out" at Reds from behind line of soldiers #thailand
• 8:40 p.m: The Red Shirts' impressive bamboo fort at top of Silom Road
• 8:32 p.m: Red Shirts have expanded positions north of Lumphini Park. Checking IDs of drivers before allowing them to pass. #thailand
• 8:33 p.m: As army defends Silom financial district, Reds slowly taking over other parts of Bangkok beyond long-time camp.
• 8:35 p.m: Red Shirt guards check cars on road north of Lumphini Park Twitpic