Busy Pathumwan as 'main rally site'

The busy Pathumwan intersection will be the venue for the main anti-government rally stage on Jan 13, the day of the mass shutdown of Bangkok, while the Democracy Monument site will be closed, the People's Democratic Reform Committee announced on Thursday night.

The Pathumwan intersection is near Ratchaprasong intersection, the capital's upscale shopping district, where the red-shirt United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) held a mass street rally that turned violent in 2010.

Five other intersections in inner Bangkok and Chaeng Wattana Road will become central rally sites for Monday’s mass rallies, PDRC co-leader Sathit Wongnongtoey said.

“For other rally stages, apart from the main one, they will operate from 4pm to 2am. Every day there will be activities such as a march to government offices to bar [civil servants] from working, but we will not invade the place."

The other five intersections are Lumpini, Ratchaprasong, Asok, Victory Monument and Lat Phrao.

The PDRC will announce more details of the planned demonstrations in the coming few days, Mr Sathit said, adding each rally site will be well-organised and the protests will continue until caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra resigns from her position.

Meanwhile, the PDRC leaders announced that they will hold activities for Children's Day on Saturday at Victory Monument.  

Nititorn Lamlua, leader of the anti-government Network of Students and People for Reform of Thailand (NSPRT), said the group will set up a principal stage for Children's Day activities at an area on Phitsanulok Road, near Government House. 

He said the NSPRT will award scholarships totalling 150,000 baht to students from three schools in the area. 

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Discussion 1 : 10/01/2014 at 04:26 PM
A thousand times might need to let the thick headed rulers know that people are really fed up with corruption and wanted to get rid of these cronies once and for all...If they really have a sizable brain in their heads there will never be a protest like this....
Discussion 2 : 10/01/2014 at 02:23 PM
Protest yes but not to up set tourists, residents ,workers
Discussion 3 : 10/01/2014 at 09:54 AM
If you put a camera on the route and just video one spot for the whole march, you can get a *real* count of the protest size that can be put on youtube for everyone to verify for themselves.
Discussion 4 : 10/01/2014 at 09:54 AM
PDRC (chooses Pathumwan) while UDD (chooses Ratchaprasong). Following your logic that means that the UDD are even richer. All sarcasm aside, I'm sure that everyone wants to protest in the central part of the city in order to maximize exposure. My assumption is that PDRC chose Pathumwan in order to differentiate themselves from the UDD (2 intersections apart).
Discussion 5 : 10/01/2014 at 08:37 AM
Maybe it's time to put the water cannons to good use.
Discussion 6 : 10/01/2014 at 08:11 AM
There is an error on this map. the spot labelled "Lumpini" is in fact Klong Toey.
Discussion 7 : 10/01/2014 at 06:36 AM
The rich buy all the best spots in a city
Discussion 8 : 10/01/2014 at 06:33 AM
Once again Bangkok becomes captive to an unelected rabble, it's tourists, residents and workers should also strike against this out of control mob! Despite their illusion that the protest will be peaceful people will be annoyed and disturbed that the rule of law is discarded for a day just so these people can make their point again. How many times do they need to say the same thing?
Discussion 9 : 09/01/2014 at 10:34 PM
Sounds like the protesters have written this "news" article.

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