South hit hard by PDRC shutdown campaign

national January 18, 2014 00:00

By The Nation

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A huge number of offices in Thailand's southern provinces have been in limbo over the past week in response to the 'shutdown' call by the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC).

The protest has seen state offices closed or hit by work stoppages, as the PDRC has urged supporters to undertake a campaign of civil disobedience to help bring down the national government. 
PDRC supporters, as a result, have blocked access to provincial halls in Phang Nga, Phatthalung, Surat Thani, Songkhla, and Nakhon Si Thammarat. Government services at the halls have been brought to a halt. 
Govt agencies shut down
In Ranong, more than 60 government agencies and offices of local administrative organisations have shut down under pressure from PDRC demonstrators, who kept campaigning across the province for days. 
In Chumphon, most government officials stopped coming to work although their offices remained open. 
In Phuket, very few officials were seen at their offices as most of their colleagues headed to Bangkok to help with the PDRC-led ‘Bangkok Shutdown’. 
The PDRC has occupied major intersections in the capital since Monday in a bid to force caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to stand down. 
Only four of the 14 southern provinces – Krabi, Pattani, Narathiwat and Yala – have seen government officials come to work as usual this week. 

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