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The streets of Bangkok are cleared for the Kings birthday, but more protests promised for Friday

This is a revolution with a smile and very much Thai style. Yesterday they were fighting, today they are joining hands to clean up the streets of Bangkok to prepare for more protests after December 5. However, tomorrow on December 5 it’s His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s birthday and the nation is making preparations for a celebration regardless of political direction.

A big cleaning activity has been arranged today on Ratchadamnoen Avenue in Bangkok’s historic Rattanakosin Island. Officials and protesters are seen helping each other in cleaning the royal boulevard during this morning.

protests bkk2His Majesty the King of Thailand Bhumibol Adulyadej’s was born 5 December 1927. Having reigned since 9 June 1946, he is the world’s longest-serving current head of state and the longest-reigning monarch in Thai history. King Bhumibol is respected and revered by all Thais. The King is legally considered “inviolable” and is credited with a social-economic theory of self-sufficiency.

He was born at the Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in the United States on 5 December 1927

It has been reported that  the anti-government protesters will continue their protests after 5 December 2013. Their five main stages remain at the Democracy Monument on Ratchadamnoen Klang Avenue, Ministry of Finance on Rama VI Road, Government Complex on Chaengwattana Road, Nang Lerng Junction on Nakhonsawan-Phitsanulok Roads and Makkawan Bridge on Ratchadamnoen Nok Avenue.

However, today, a number of protesters are rallying at the Royal Police on Rama I Road.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand stated: For tourists visiting the kingdom, it should be stressed that tourists have not been targeted in the ongoing political protests. Despite the protests, most attractions in Bangkok and throughout Thailand are open and operating as per normal.

Tourists are advised to be vigilant and avoid areas where crowds may gather. Tourists are also advised to check travel routes and road traffic situation to avoid getting caught in traffic or they can use other means of transportation to getting around in Bangkok, including BTS Skytrain, MRT Subway, Suvarnabhumi Airport Rail Link’s Express and City Lines, and water-transport.

Life in the Thai capital and all other areas of Thailand continues as per normal. Tourist attractions and activities as well as businesses in Bangkok and other provinces are open and operating as usual.

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