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Operation Bangkok Shut down gets underway

Anti government protestors in Bangkok have blocked off many of the roads leading to the commercial business centre of Bangkok in their latest bid to force Yingluck Shinawatra from office.

The intersections around the city have been shut off, stopping the flow of traffic into key areas such as Bangkok’s busiest shopping hubs.

Most commuters opted to use the city’s rail links and canal passenger ferries to get to work. Although many offices are closed for the day, along with schools and colleges, trading on the country’s stock exchange opened as usual.

Pathumwan intersectionAt around 10-40 protest leader Suthep Thaugsubn was seen at Ratchathewi, his next planned stop: Pathumwan where friendly rivals Chulalongorn and Thammasat universities are co-hosting the stage.

The People’s Democratic Reform Committee have posted a picture of Thai demonstrators protesting in New York’s Time Square and Supthep posted a letter from an 8 year old boy named Sasipim that read “Dear Loong Kamnan, I cannot come and join the protests but I am sending you 50 baht. Su su Ka!”

At 22.03 last night Suthep said “Red shirts, yellow shirts, multi-colored shirts, those without shirts, it is time to come together to chase the Thaksin regime out of Thailand. This is the only goal we will accept; we are in this for all or nothing.”

Moments before at 21.58 he stated “the other side can never comprehend how we can fight so purely. They keep trying to calculate how we are funding our uprising. They think I have given over 20 million baht in cash to all of you to hand back to me during our marches. They don’t understand the muanmahaprachachon. I am not your leader – I am simply your medium. I represent millions of Thai hearts long repressed by the Thaksin regime that has betrayed and violated them again and again. It is time for this corrupt regime to go!”

Advice from the British Embassy in Bangkok

Political demonstrations continue in and around Bangkok and elsewhere in Thailand. Some of these have been violent, including the use of firearms, and there have been casualties.

The situation is unpredictable, and further protests are expected. There have been calls for an increase in protest action from 13 January, which may cause major disruption to travel on main roads in and around Bangkok. You should take extra care and avoid all protests, political gatherings and demonstrations. If you’re travelling to the airport, allow extra time to take account of possible transport delays, and consider using the airport rail link. Monitor local news and social media for developments.

 

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