City Hall prepares for PDRC 'shutdown'

City Hall is preparing safety measures for the planned "shutdown" of Bangkok by anti-government demonstrators led by the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC).

Bangkok governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra said the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has monitored the PDRC protest and will beef up security for residents during the attempt to shut down Bangkok after New Year.

MR Sukhumbhand said he has told officials to make sure all the BMA's closed-circuit television cameras in the city are functioning properly. 

Thousands of protesters, led by PDRC secretary-general Suthep Thaugsuban, are expected to block roads in 20 locations, mainly in commercial zones, to pressure the caretaker government of Yingluck Shinawatra to step down and delay the Feb 2 election.

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Discussion 1 : 02/01/2014 at 10:38 AM
Nor Suthep nor Abhisit want to face humiliation in the next elections. They have thrown everything into the game and unless they succeed, they are has beens within politics.
Discussion 2 : 02/01/2014 at 09:36 AM
Dear Bangkok Post, Please show us (the public) a map where the PDRC are expected to block roads in 20 locations, mainly in commercial zones, as many of us work downtown and need to also prepare contingency plans to keep work continuity.
Discussion 3 : 02/01/2014 at 07:57 AM
It's a real shame that Bangkok is being held to ransom by thugs bordering on the worst kind. They do not respect democracy, their King or their country.if Suthep is so keen to change things, let him face people at the ballot box or does he lack the support of the country for his one man show of defiance.
Discussion 4 : 02/01/2014 at 07:46 AM
This Bangkok governor has no notable performance except being obviously very accommodating and facilitating to the DEM/Suthep mobs. He owes Suthep a lot when Suthep backed him in the governor candidateship race inside the DEM party against Korn Chatikavanij. Without such blessing and patronage of Suthep, Sukhumbhand must be babysitting his grand child at home now. Sad for Bangkokians that their governor has been helping the southerner mobs to take their city and fellow Bangkokians hostages. He is paying off Suthep at the cost of the well-being and lives of Bangkokians.

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