The "government" wants to replace the democracy with a system that would be dominated by appointees from the bureaucracy and the military.
David Pallister and agencies
* Tuesday August 26 2008 10:40 BST
Anti-government protesters have stormed the compound of Thailand's prime minister, Samak Sundaravej, as part of demonstrations across Bangkok today aimed at forcing his resignation.
The rightwing People's Alliance for Democracy is behind the protests and shut down the National Broadcasting Services of Thailand TV channel with a pre-dawn raid on the main studios of the government-operated station.
"We are now controlling most of the key government offices to prevent them from coming to work," said Sondhi Limthongkul, a leader of the alliance.