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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