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Thai PM rejects protesters' call for new elections

BANGKOK (AP) -- Protesters in Thailand are asking thousands of people to donate blood -- so they can spatter it on Parliament.

They're hoping to collect more than 260 gallons of blood so they can dump it on the Government House if their demands aren't met.

The protesters are demanding that the prime minister dissolve Parliament. So far, he has rejected their demand.

They claim the prime minister took office illegitimately with the help of the military and other elements of Thailand's traditional ruling class. They've been gathering around a heavily defended military headquarters where the prime minister has been hunkered down.

The plan to collect so much blood could require tens of thousands of donors. And a Red Cross official is expressing concern about the hygiene of drawing blood from so many people, adding that so much blood "could save a lot of lives."

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