State offices shutdown in South

Provincial halls and other state offices in nine southern provinces have been shut down by anti-government protesters since the first day of Bangkok shutdown on Monday, reports said.

Even though the protesters of the People’s Democratic Reform Committee later left the compounds in some provinces, few officials showed up for work, according to the reports.

The provinces in the South are strongholds of the Democrat Party.

In Pang Nga, the protesters surrounded the provincial hall, which is a government complex, and locked all gates with keys. They also posted a notice prohibiting officials from entering or exiting the provincial hall.

The protesters also laid siege to Phatthalung provincial hall, resulting in no officials showing up to work. Schools in Muang Phatthalung municipality reopened for classes on Tuesday, after being closed on Monday.

In Surat Thani, hometown of protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban, the protesters blocked all gates at the provincial hall for two straight days. The  Surat Thani governor ordered officials to work from home.

The situation was the same in Songkhla, where the provincial hall was surrounded for the second day. Roads near the provincial hall were also closed to traffic by the anti-government protesters.

In Nakhon Si Thammarat, the provincial hall and other state offices were sealed off on Monday. The protesters left the state office building compound on Tuesday, but a few officials went to their office.

The protesters in Phuket on Tuesday allowed access to state offices inside the provincial hall, but not many officials went to work. There was no seizure of state offices outside the provincial hall. Not many protesters rallied in front of the provincial hall as most of them had travelled to join the mass shutdown in Bangkok.

In Chumphon, the protesters surrounded the provincial hall on Monday and then left on Tuesday, but only a few officials went to work. Most officials asked for a leave of absence.

In Ranong, state offices and 60 other offices under the provincial local administration organisation have been closed for two straight days, following pressure by the anti-government protesters. Many schools announced cancellation of classes from Tuesday to Friday.

In Trang, hometown of Chuan Leekpai, advisory chairman of the Democrat Party, all state agencies announced a temporary closure for the second day, after being surrounded by protesters.

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Discussion 1 : 14/01/2014 at 05:38 PM
It was expected for this stronghold of the Democrats and Kamnan Suthep. But Thaksin ( and I am talking about the decision maker ) and Surapong don't care about the south. Never did.
Discussion 2 : 14/01/2014 at 05:01 PM
To not let other people go to work is not a democratic right and you certainly cannot classify those acts as "peaceful" : it is definitively a form of violence as your obviously oppose to the wishes of others and dictate what they have to do through blockages and intimidations. But as usual for some, when it sides their political agenda it suddenly doesn't count and becomes acceptable.
Discussion 3 : 14/01/2014 at 04:40 PM
Smart but who are the one who suffer. Confirming the idiom "cut your nose and spit your face" correct.

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