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How the protest has grown

Today marks the 40th day of the 'anti-Thaksin regime' rally led by former Democrat MP Suthep Thaugsuban. It is also the final day of the battle, with Suthep declaring it a make-or-break moment to determine whether he wins or surrenders. The Nation recounts the key events since the first day of the rally.

Oct 31 - House starts third reading of amnesty bill; Suthep starts rally by Samsen train station.

Nov 1 - House passes third reading of amnesty bill at 4am. Suthep mobilises more people.

Nov 4 - Protesters march and then relocate at Democracy Monument.

- Office workers rally in Silom; protesters in the provinces march to city halls.

- Parliament passes an amendment to Article 190 of the Constitution.

Nov 5 - PM Yingluck Shinawatra holds a press conference, says she will respect the Senate's decision on the 'blanket' amnesty bill.

Nov 7 - Yingluck announces withdrawal of all amnesty bills.

Nov 8 - Senate meeting to consider the amnesty bill lacks a quorum; meeting is adjourned.

Nov 10 - Red shirts rally at Ratchaprasong Intersection, Muang Thong Thani.

Nov 11 - International Court of Justice reads its ruling on Preah Vihear case; rallies at many locations in Bangkok.

- The Senate 'kills' the amnesty bill

- Suthep and 8 Democrat MPs resign from parliament to elevate the rally against the Thaksin regime with 'civil disobedience'.

Nov 15 - Suthep announces intensified civil disobedience and moves to try to impeach parliamentarians who sponsored the amnesty bill.

Nov 16 - The protest gathers signatures to impeach the 300-plus govt MPs.

Nov 17 - Suthep announces November 24 a major battle day to mobilise one million protesters.

Nov 19 - The president of Parliament, his deputy, some MPs and senators say they reject the Constitutional Court's power to consider the charter amendment related to the election of senators.

- The red shirts rally at Rajamangala Stadium.

Nov 20 - The Constitutional Court rules the amendment bid was contrary to the 2007 constitution.

Nov 24 - Mass rally at Democracy Monument; Suthep announces that protesters will march to 13 locations.

Nov 25 - Protesters lay siege to the Finance and Foreign Affairs ministries.

- The government extends the Internal Security Act.

Nov 26 - Censure debate against PM Yingluck, interior minister starts.

- Court approves arrest warrant against Suthep.

Nov 27 - Protesters lay siege to the Government Complex, announce they will keep three rally venues.

Nov 28 - PM Yingluck says she is ready to negotiate with rally leaders.

Nov 29 - Suthep and his allies announce the setting up of the People's Democratic Reform Committee and say Dec 1 will be the 'People's Victory Day', when they will lay siege of all ministries' headquarters.

- The red shirts begin another rally at Rajamangala Stadium.

Nov 30 - Clashes between red shirts and students at Ramkhamhaeng University; shooting in the evening and next morning leaves four dead, 54 injured.

Dec 1 - The red shirts call off their rally at Rajamangala.

- Police use tear gas as protesters try to besiege Govt House and the Metropolitan Police Bureau (MPB). Suthep meets with PM Yingluck as the military pushes both sides to talk and find an end to the crisis.

Dec 2 - Clashes continue. Court approves arrest warrant against Suthep for treason.

Dec 3 - The MPB offers a truce to the protesters, allowing them to enter and stage a symbolic siege of Government House and the MPB headquarters.

- Suthep reveals plan for a People's Assembly, claiming Articles 3 and 7 of the Constitution allow this.

Dec 4 - Big clean-up day.

Dec 5 - Suthep leads ceremony to wish HM the King well on his birthday at rally sites, while Yingluck attends an official celebration at Sanam Luang. Red shirts announce a mass rally in Ayutthaya on Dec 10.

Dec 6 - Suthep announces Monday (Dec 9) as the 'final day', asking people to march to Government House from 9.39am.

Dec 8 - All Democrat MPs announce their resignations.

Dec 9 - Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra dissolves the House of Representatives.

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