Updated – Dec. 3, 1:20 a.m., ET
Tensions have been high in Bangkok for the last ten days as protestors vowed to take over state offices across the nation in a bid to oust Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. After entering the Foreign Ministry and Finance Ministry, anti-government protestors also managed to get inside the army's headquarters.
The protesters have now forced their way into the Prime Minister's office without resistance from the police as they've been ordered to stand down. Yingluck Shinawatra was not in her office, which has been locked since Friday.
Thai police also removed the concrete slabs and barbed wire barricades on the roads leading to the city police headquarters, and agreed to let the protesters enter the building.
The leader of the protests, Suthep Thaungsuban, has also called for civil servants to go on strike Monday and gave Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra a two-day deadline to resign.
The protests turned violent last weekend, leading to at least four deaths and dozens of injuries.
Two people were reportedly shot on Monday after one person was shot and killed after clashes broke out between rival protesters in Bangkok over the weekend. The BBC reports the altercation took place when pro-government supporters were on their way to a rally, and were attacked by students – shots were later fired.
Thailand's security chief Paradorn Pattanathabutr confirmed to Reuters on Monday that the police are "alternating between the use of water cannons, teargas and rubber bullets."
He added: "Rubber bullets are being used in one area only and that is the bridge near Government House."
The AP report that riot police fired tear gas Sunday at the protestors advancing toward the government's police headquarters.
The were also reports of water cannons being used, which has now been confirmed.
Some have also said police are firing water "mixed with tear gas" to try and get rid of the crowds.
As the protests continue they have become increasingly violent, 2,730 military personnel from the army, navy and air force were reportedly being deployed to help back up police. However, the police were later told to stand down.
Despite the unrest, Thailand's Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra survived a no-confidence vote in parliament last Thursday. The lawmakers of Bangkok voted 297 to 134 in favor of Shinawatra remaining Prime Minister.
The AP reports that Foreign Ministry spokesman Sek Wannamethee explained that a group of protestors forced their way onto the compound's premises last Monday as part of their demonstrations against Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's administration, but promised not to enter the building.
Protest leader, former Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban, led the crowd to the Finance Ministry as well, telling demonstrators: "Go up to every floor, go into every room, but do not destroy anything."
Following their leader's instructions, the protestors went inside the Finance Ministry's rooms (and took photos):
The protestors also scattered about the entryway of the Finance Ministry. According to USA Today, they sang, danced and blew whistles in the hallways. A few took naps.
Protestors still occupied the Finance Ministry as of Friday morning.
The protestors also camped out outside the national police headquarters
Police have issued an arrest warrant for Thaugsuban but have agreed not to arrest him to avoid clashes with protestors.
The protests began after the proposition of a controversial political amnesty bill.
The legislation failed to pass in the Senate earlier this month, but fresh protests broke out on Sunday, with more than 150,000 demonstrators taking to the streets of Bangkok, calling for the end of the "Thaksin regime."
Thirteen different locations were swarmed with protestors, including the army and air force headquarters, and several TV networks.
Outside Bangkok's Metropolitan Police Bureau, protesters faced off with riot police outfitted with tear gas and a water cannon. Although the protesters ripped down a barbed wire barricade, they did not continue further.
However, the number of protestors has decreased as the weeks have gone on. There are reportedly far less demonstrators on the streets now as compared with the 100,000 plus that were in Bangkok when the protests started on Sunday:
According to the BBC, 40,000 government supporters also held a separate rally in another part of Bangkok on Sunday.
Cate Sevilla is the UK managing editor for BuzzFeed and is based in London.
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