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Social media flooded as rally gets underway

The social media were flooded on Monday with messages and photos of the "Bangkok Shutdown".

People were using four main hashtags -#BangkokShutdown #BKKShutdown #ShutdownBangkok and #ShutdownBKK - and were acting as citizen journalists joining newspapers and TV and radio stations in reporting the latest from the rallies. Monitoring of Twitter's timeline showed that the number of tweets in Thai and English were about equal.

Thais outside of Bangkok also used the social media, especially Twitter, as the main channel to deliver their messages as well as to monitor news updates. A group of Thais gathered in Times Square in New York to express support for the Bangkok shutdown.

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