Thailand's military announced today that it would use live ammunition against "Red-Shirt" protesters if they continue their actions against the Thai government.
The Associated Press reports that one of the protestors' leaders, Nattawut Saikua, canceled a rally planned for today in part because of the military's announcement. He said his group would instead shore up its defenses in Bangkok's upscale hotel-and-shopping district. Protestors have been camped out there for more than a month.
The anti-government protestors want Thailand's Prime Minister, Abhisit Vejjajiva, to call for early elections. The AP reports the Bangkok standoff has cost merchants tens of millions of dollars.