Women dance as anti-government protesters occupy the Finance ministry for a third day in a bid to oust the current government of Yingluck Shinawatra on November 27, 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand. Protests have been building for weeks and continue to remain peaceful as protesters attempt to occupy more government buildings. However, the Prime Minister of Thailand, Yingluck Shinawatra, has announced the use of a special security law to counter demonstrators who stormed into government departments today. - 

Lawmakers in Thailand passed a bill this month that might let former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra go home.

His big social spending programs were popular with poorer voters while he was in power. Not so much, though, with the Thai army, which ousted him in a coup in 2006.

Two years ago, a new prime minister took over. Shinawatra's sister Yingluck, who took up those populist polices once again.

The BBC's Jonathan Head reports from Bangkok.