Anti-government demonstrators in Thailand say they will stay on the streets of Bangkok indefinitely to continue their push for new elections.
By: BBC NewsTheir numbers have dwindled after four days of rallies - of more than 100,000 who started the protest, police said about 40,000 remained.
Protest leaders have promised nightly entertainment shows, and further rallies in the days to come.
Both the government and the protesters have kept the rallies peaceful.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, protesters performed ritual blood-throwing events at Government House, the headquarters of the ruling Democrat Party, and the home of Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejajjiva.
The "red-shirt" protesters say his government is illegitimate.
2006: Yellow-shirts launch street protests to oust PM Thaksin Shinawatra
Sept 2006: Thaksin ousted in military coup
Dec 2007: Thaksin allies win first post-coup elections
Sept 2008: Yellow-shirts occupy Bangkok government buildings, clash with pro-Thaksin red-shirts
Nov 2008: Yellow-shirts occupy Bangkok's airports, forcing cancellation of hundreds of flights
Dec 2008: Thaksin-allied government falls, rival Abhisit Vejjajiva forms government
Apr 2009: Red-shirts storm Asean summit, clashes erupt in Bangkok
Mar 2010: Red-shirts launch protest aimed at bringing government down
He will not be attending a scheduled sitting of the House of Representatives - near where the reds' protest camp is based.
"We'll maintain our stronghold, but there will be rotation of manpower," said one of the protest leaders, Veera Musikapong, when announcing the decision to continue the protests indefinitely. Many people have travelled a long way from Thailand's rural provinces and have jobs and businesses to return to.
But for those remaining in the city, leaders are planning mass cultural shows and political meetings.
Their rallies have been full of incident so far - alongside the blood donation and blood-spillings, protesters delivered a letter to the British embassy on Wednesday, saying they wanted to counter false media reports about the protests.
They went on to picket the US embassy, accusing US intelligence of bugging deposed the former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra.
The protesters say the present government was installed illegally after Mr Thaksin was ousted in a military coup in 2006, and two subsequent allied governments were deposed by court action.
Montenegrin police confirmed on Wednesday that Mr Thaksin himself was in Montenegro, having travelled there on 13 March from Dubai where he has been living in exile to avoid a jail sentence for corruption.