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January 13 Mass Rally

Bangkok shutdown' to focus on seven sites

The "Bangkok shutdown" on January 13 will zero in on seven major locations in Bangkok, Protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban said Tuesday.

Suthep, secretary general of People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC), insisted that shutting down of Bangkok would have only a slight impact on the economy and not the billions of Baht as claimed by the caretaker government.

He said the PDRC will disassemble the stage of rally site on Rajdamnoen Avenue on January 13 and disperse to seven spots in Bangkok.

The Government Complex on Chaeng Wattana Road, one of the seven spots, will be blocked to bar civil servants from working.

Other rally sites will be the Lat Phrao intersection, which will be under the control of representatives of Rangsit and Kasetsart universities and joined by people from the north and northeast. The Victory Monument and Pathumwan intersection will be held by Chulalongkorn University, Lumpini Park by Silom business group, Asoke intersection by Srinakharinwirot University and the National Institute of Development Administration, and Ratchaprasong by Dr Seri Wongmontha and entertainment personalities.

Suthep gave assurances that Suvarnabhumi airport and transport terminals would not be sealed off, and all public transportation services will operate as usual.

He lashed out at Justice Minister Chaikasem Nitisiri for threatening to take legal action against protesters who take to the streets to occupy the capital.

Chaikasem warned people who joined the massive demonstrations that they would be violating the law but Suthep said the citywide PDRC rallies will be in accordance with people's fundamental rights.


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