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Passports can be collected at Bang Na office

The Foreign Ministry's Department of Consular Affairs said yesterday that people who have applied for passports could now collect their travel documents at its Bang Na office during office hours.

Applicants have been told to carry the receipt, a photocopy of their national ID and a copy of their previous passport.

Parents collecting passports on behalf of their children need to present a copy of the child's birth certificate as well as the ID card and a copy of it.

Cabbies complain

Hundreds of taxi and van drivers yesterday called on the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) to end its protest as it is hurting their income.

Since Monday, the PDRC occupied major intersections in Bangkok in a move to oust the government and put in place "reforms" before the February 2 elections.

Since it launched the shutdown operation, fewer people are travelling around in the capital and adjacent provinces, thus affecting the taxi and van drivers' income.

The drivers filed a complaint with a police station in Pathum Thani yesterday.

Public works dept inspected

PDRC demonstrators yesterday inspected the Department of Public Works and Town and Country Planning in Bangkok to ensure that it is complying with their "Bangkok shutdown" campaign.

The PDRC has demanded that government officials stop working as a gesture of civil disobedience against the caretaker government.

A senior official let the protesters, led by Thaworn Senneam, into the premises and they left after learning that nobody was working.

Only some 30 security guards and related officials have been coming to the department to watch over the properties.

Civil disobedience in South

"Civil disobedience" banners continue to fly at various government offices in the southern province of Surat Thani after anti-government protesters closed the provincial hall on Monday.

Some government officials showed up at the hall yesterday morning, but left after realising the access to their offices remained blocked.

The PDRC protesters also travelled around town on two trucks, campaigning for more government officials to go on strike.

Govt offices suspended

Several government offices in Chumphon suspended their services after receiving reports that thousands of PDRC members in Lang Suan district had closed the Lang Suan Transport Office.

The anti-government demonstrators also set up a stage in front of the Lang Suan District Office.

Officials cooperate

A large number of PDRC supporters yesterday shut down the Phra Phrome District Office in Nakhon Si Thammarat in line with the Bangkok shutdown. District chief Sakun Kiatdamrongkul welcomed the PDRC supporters and joined them in blowing whistles.

Other government offices in the province also closed their offices in cooperation with the PDRC.


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