About 200 red shirts gathered at Tha Phae Gate in Muang district yesterday afternoon, parking their pick-up trucks on Tha Phae road and causing heavy traffic jams in the area.
They climbed aboard their vehicles and blared out verbal attacks on Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and privy councillors via loudspeakers.
The blockade drew some angry responses from road users and disrupted the scheduled Songkran festivities at Tha Phae Gate - one of Chiang Mai's well-known tourist spots.
In downtown Chiang Rai, about 100 red shirts continued with their anti-government rally on Bappaprakarn road.
Tents and stages were erected with broadcasts of the protests in Bangkok being relayed to them.
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