Police deploy 14,000 troops for rally

More than 14,000 security officers will be deployed to handle the initial stage of Operation Bangkok Shutdown by the anti-government movement on Jan 13, with 21 locations expected to be surrounded by the protesters.

A Royal Thai Police source said a total of 14,250 security officers made up of 55 companies of policemen and 40 of military personnel will be sent in to the capital to handle the planned mass rally on Monday.

The People's Democratic Reform Committee is likely to mobilise supporters to surround 21 spots, the police source said. 

They are Government House, Parliament, Government Complex on Chaeng Wattana Road, Finance Ministry and Budget Bureau, Foreign Affairs Minsitry, Interior Ministry, Energy Ministry, the Government Public Relations Department, the Department of Special Investigation, Bank of Thailand, the Royal Thai Police, the Metropolitan Police Bureau, home of caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, Baan Chan Song La ("Shiny Moon" home, the residence of former premier and Ms Yingluck’s brother, Thaksin), Pheu Thai Party headquarters, the Defence Ministry, the Royal Thai Army headquarters, the Royal Thai Navy headquarters, the Bureau of Registration Administration, back-up office of the Centre for the Administration of Peace and Order (Capo) and the Defence Ministry’s printing house which is used to print ballot papers for the Feb 2 election. 

Two bridges ― Rama VIII and Somdet Phra Pin Klao ― and 12 major roads in Bangkok will be affected by the rally, including Sukhumvit, Phloenchit, Rama I, Phetchaburi, Silom, Phaya Thai, Ratchadamri, Din Daeng, Boromratchonnanee, Nakhon Sawan, Rama V and Phra Pin Klao.

The protest will also hit traffic on six roads leading to the capital: Phahon Yothin, Vibhavadi Rangsit, Rama IX, Sukhumvit, Boromratchonnanee and Lat Phrao five-way intersection.

The PDRC has announced that six intersections in inner Bangkok and Chaeng Wattana Road will be closed on Jan 13. They are the Lat Phrao five-way intersection, Victory Monument, Pathumwan, Lumpini park (Sala Daeng intersection), Ratchaprasong and Asok.

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