Bangkok shutdown begins
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Bangkok shutdown begins

A reporter from Spring News on the use of tires and sand bags to closing of Chaeng Wattana Road at the front of Chaeng Wattana Soi 14: 

BP: And so it begins…

AP on the shutdown:

Residents of Thailand’s congested capital are bracing for worse traffic chaos than usual, with anti-government demonstrators planning to occupy major intersections Monday in what they describe as an effort to shut down Bangkok. There is concern that violence may ensue and possibly trigger a military coup.

The protesters are trying to force caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to resign and have her government replaced by a non-elected interim administration to implement reforms they say are needed to stop corruption and money politics. They want to scuttle an early general election called by Yingluck for Feb. 2.

Since November, the demonstrators have engaged in street battles with police, cut off water and electricity to national police headquarters, and occupied for a time the compounds of other government agencies. There have been at least eight deaths associated with the political unrest.

The protest leaders said last week that the demonstrators would occupy seven key intersections Monday in Bangkok, a city known for its debilitating traffic jams. They’re also threatening to occupy government office compounds.

Deputy Prime Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul said Friday that a combined force of around 12,000 police officers and 8,000 soldiers was being deployed to maintain order in the capital.

Protest leaders have said they will maintain their “shutdown” of Bangkok for weeks, or until they obtain their goal.

BP: Seven major intersections/roads will be shutdown which will affect traffic into and out of central Bangkok…. We will just have to wait and see how far the PDRC goes…