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Thailand – Protesters Move to Shut Down Bangkok

Via: New York Times

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Antigovernment protesters seeking to block next month’s elections took over major roads in Bangkok on Sunday as they began their campaign to shut down the city.

In this vast metropolis of well over 10 million people, the protesters were unlikely to paralyze all movement and commerce. But they vowed that by Monday morning they would close busy intersections, make major government offices inaccessible and besiege the homes of top officials in the administration of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, whose party is likely to win the general elections if they are held on Feb. 2.

“We have to shut down Bangkok,” said Ratchanee Saengarun, a protester who stood in the middle of an intersection in the city. “This is our last resort.”

By late Sunday, protesters had blocked a number of roads with double-decker buses and sandbags, and had diverted traffic.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/13/world/asia/protests-thailand.html?_r=0

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