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Shipping containers block approach to Government House

Shipping containers block approach to Government House

BANGKOK: Police have blocked approaches to Government House with shipping containers and razor wire ahead of a rally against Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha over his eight-year tenure.

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By Bangkok Post

Tuesday 23 August 2022, 02:50PM


Shipping containers block an approach to Government House ahead of the planned rally against Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha over his eight years in office. Photo: Wassana Nanuamn

Shipping containers block an approach to Government House ahead of the planned rally against Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha over his eight years in office. Photo: Wassana Nanuamn

Containers were also placed on Chamai Maruchet Bridge on Phitsanulok Road, opposite Government House, reports the Bangkok Post.

Police expected at least 500 demonstrators to gather outside Government House this afternoon (Aug 23).

Police in uniform and plain clothes have been on duty at road checkpoints and areas around Government House since late last night. Protesters were expected to join political activities at various locations to call for the end of Gen Prayut’s time in office and criticise the government.

One of the planned protest sites was Government House.

At Lan Khon Muang in front of City Hall in Phra Nakhon district, demonstrators set up a rally stage last night. Security guards provided by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration kept watch. There were no incidents.

Political activist leaders Jatuporn Prompan and Nititorn Lamlua have previously called for an end to Prayut’s eight years in power. Should he insist on staying on beyond Aug 24 they would mobilise demonstrations demanding the return of the country to the people.

They planned to rally at Government House today, with demonstrators intending to stay overnight there.

If Prayut did not come to Government House but chose instead to work from elsewhere, the two activists said they would lead the demonstrators there to put pressure on the prime minister. They had no fear of the use of force to disperse them.

Pol Maj Gen Varakorn Yooyangthai, commander of the 3rd Special Branch Division, said police were on full alert.

The Metropolitan Police Bureau was responsible for closing off the area around Government House to traffic, he said.

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JohnC | 24 August 2022 - 09:02:03

Says a lot about how unpopular this person really is. Why is it sad old men will do anything to hang on to any little bit of power they get? Even when taken illegally in yet a coup. Obviously he is very worried about getting kicked out the same way. Listen to the people, time to go  to pasture and enjoy all the 'fruits' you took during your time in the big chair before you are removed by f...

Kurt | 23 August 2022 - 22:18:46

It is not for nothing that PM Prayut remains living in the barracks, surrounded by tanks, armoured cars and lots of guns to protect him. If democracy has the upper hand in Thailand he would live in his official PM residence or in his own large luxery  house ( the years long renovation of it is finished). That protest rumours already bring containers and razor wire positioned is pathetic.

Old guy | 23 August 2022 - 16:13:31

As an expert in coupd'etats. The PM is very aware of what his future may have in store.  It's a good thing he acquired all those military armoured personnel carriers over the past 8 years. 

 

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