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Traffic jam begins on Mitraphap road
« on: March 12, 2010, 02:35:49 PM »
Traffic jam begins on Mitraphap road

Vehicles, most of them pick-up trucks, taking the red shirts from northeastern provinces have begun to cram on Mitraphap road leading to Bangkok, police said on Friday.

Traffic was particularly heavy in Khon Kaen town, from which about 10 pick-up trucks were released at a time at the interval of five minutes.

Region 4 Police spokesman Pol Maj-Gen Sakda Techakriangkrai said altogether six checkpoints had been set up along Mitraphap road between Nong Khai and Nakhon Ratchasima.

At about 1pm, more than 30 pick-up trucks from Nong Bun Nak, Bua Yai and Phimai districts of Nakhon Ratchasima arrived at a checkpoint at Sikhiu district with some 200 red shirts, most of them women and the elderly.

They cooperated well when police searched their vehicles for weapons.  The police seized from them a catapult and wooden stick without making arrest.

At about 1.30pm, the red shirts from the Northeast began to arrive at the rendezvous point in Nakhon Ratchasima's Pak Chong district.

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Red shirts start marching from North, Northeast
« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2010, 04:57:43 PM »
Red shirts start marching from North, Northeast

Thousands of red shirts from the North and the Northeast have started their march Friday's morning, expecting to reach Bangkok by Sunday.

Those from the North are expected to converge and stay overnight in Nakhon Sawan while those from the Northeast will spend the night at Nakhon Ratchasima.

Before departing their respective hometowns, the red shirts organised a series of ceremonies to pay respect to and ask for the blessing of deities revered in their towns.

Colourful departure ceremonies were held in Chiang Mai. Lampang, Udon Thani and Ubon Ratchathani.

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Re: Traffic jam begins on Mitraphap road
« Reply #2 on: March 13, 2010, 08:15:24 AM »
Lengthy searches delay trek

Red shirt protesters in the provinces are gathering momentum before they are due to flood into Bangkok tomorrow to pressure the government to quit, or dissolve the House.

However, many have been frustrated by lengthy searches conducted by authorities on key routes leading to Bangkok.

Red shirt leaders and supporters across the country early yesterday performed rites boosting their morale and seeking victory for their mass rally tomorrow.

In Phrae, red shirt supporters gathered at an ancient gate for a religious rite.

A traditional drum, klong sabad chai (the drum celebrating victory) was beaten to signal a readiness to go to war.

In Nakhon Ratchasima, red shirt supporters performed a rite to seek blessings from the Thao Suranaree statue in central Nakhon Ratchasima, ahead of tomorrow's demonstration in Bangkok.

In central Chiang Rai, the red shirts' local chapter turned up to pay respects to the King Meng Rai monument.

Monks performed religious rites and gave amulets to participants.

In Ayutthaya, red shirts attended a rite seeking blessing from the shrine of King Taksin at Wat Pho Phueak in Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya district, and paid respects to King Naresuan Monument, in preparation for the rally in Bangkok.

Red shirt protesters from the Northeast will meet at their rendezvous point at Khao Yai in Nakhon Ratchasima's Pak Chong district before moving to Bangkok.

Meanwhile, red shirt supporters in the North have accused the government of using dirty tricks to stop them from travelling to join the rally in Bangkok.

They said authorities had set up many checkpoints along the northern Phahon Yothin Road highway in a bid to delay their convoys.

A convoy carrying red shirt supporters from the Upper North arrived at the Nakhon Sawan provincial stadium, a key gathering venue in the North, late yesterday. They had expected to arrive earlier, but were delayed.

"They had tried to delay us by erecting a large number of checkpoints, especially in Lampang, and spent a lot of time searching our vehicles," said former Thai Rak Thai MP for Phichit Nawin Boonset who led supporters from Chiang Mai, Lampang, Lamphun, Tak, Phichit, Kamphaeng Phet and Nakhon Sawan on the journey to Bangkok.

Mr Nawin said his motorcade left Chiang Mai yesterday morning but arrived in Lampang around noon.

It should have taken only about two hours for travelling, but authorities tried their best to draw out the process and frustrate the travellers. Mr Nawin's caravan joined one led by former Thai Rak Thai MP for Uthai Thani, Prasang Mongkolsiri, who is taking red shirts from Chiang Rai, Phayao, Phrae, Nan and Uttaradit and Lampang to Bangkok.

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Re: Traffic jam begins on Mitraphap road
« Reply #3 on: March 13, 2010, 04:26:32 PM »
[Reds marching to Bangkok

Red-shirt supporters of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) from all corners of the country are leaving their hometowns to converge on the capital and join the mass anti-government rally on Sunday.

Thousands of vehicles carrying UDD supporters from the Northeast and North were gathering in Ayutthaya on Saturday.

Tens of thousands of protesters were estimated to have gathered in Wang Noi district of Ayutthaya in the morning.

Wang Noi is a major gathering point for protesters from the North and Northeast.

Pick-up trucks, vans and buses travelled from Pak Chong district of Nakhon Ratchasima province gathered at Krua Wang Noi restaurant, owned by Puea Thai MP Surasak Pancharoenworakul. The restaurant is 500 metres from the authorities' checkpoint in front of the Wang Noi fresh market.

Mayura Sewatasai, leader of Ayutthaya UDD, said the red-shirts would collect as many people as possible at the meeting point before heading to Bangkok when the UDD leaders give the order.

She said the protesters are ready to run through the checkpoint whenever they are told.

About 200 red-shirts in Kanchanaburi on 40 pickup trucks left the provincial city shrine heading to Nakhon Pathom’s Phuttha Monthon district to join red-shirts from other western provinces before moving to Bangkok.

They passed through four checkpoints at provincial hall, Thalor intersection in Tha Muang district, Tha Ruea intersection and Lukkae police station in Tha Maka district without any obstruction by police.

It was reported that Satun red-shirts had also started their journey to Bangkok by private cars and public buses to join the mass anti-government rally in Bangkok.

Police at Baan Pla on Petchkasem road in Chumphon’s Tha Sae district confirmed that more than 1,000 red-shirts had passed this checkpoint in the morning.

Maj Gen Decha Kingwongsa, deputy commander of Army Region 4, had earlier this morning visited the checkpoint for a briefing on the current situation. He was met by Chumphon governor Karan Supphakijwilekakarn.

It was reported that red-shirts from the South were scheduled to meet in Petchburi, about 200km from the capital, before resuming their journey to Bangkok.

The red-shirts from the East were to gather in Chachoengsao, about 70km from Bangkok, before moving to Bangkok.

In Bangkok city, demonstrators closed Ratchadamnoen Klang avenue from Jor Por Ror intersection to Phan Fa Lilat bridge on Saturday morning in preparation for the mass rally.

They set up a large projector and a sound system for broadcasting the anti-government addresses of UDD core members on the main stage near Phan Fa Lilat bridge.

Traffic around the protest venue was normal, as Nakhon Sawan and Lan Luang roads were still open. However, protesters set up toilets on Nakhon Sawan road.

Tents were erected along both sides of Ratchadamnoen while food and water and massage services were provided to the protesters there.

A centre for broadcasting the red-shirt campaign on People's TV was set up in front of Jesadabodin area.

Police and military personnel continued to oversee security and safeguard state offices around the protest venue.

Banks have temporarily shut down their automatic teller machines on Ratchadamnoen Nai avenue.

Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said the situation in Bangkok was still normal but the peacekeeping operation command was closely monitoring the situation.

Mr Abhisit thanked all parties for not letting any violence occur.

He reiterated that he has received reports from checkpoints from around the country and everything remains in order.

He also said that authorities are trying to facilitate the rally in a peaceful way.

Deputy Prime Minister Korbsak Sabhavasu is coordinating with red-shirt leader Wong Tojirakarn, he added.

Mr Abhisit said he could not say when the rally will end, because it depends on the protesters.

He called on the people not to panic over rumours, and urged them to report on unusual activities if they spot any.

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Re: Traffic jam begins on Mitraphap road
« Reply #4 on: March 14, 2010, 07:57:02 AM »
Protesters gather for Bangkok rally

AYUTTHAYA, Thailand, March 13 (UPI) -- A United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship official said tens of thousands of the group's supporters gathered Saturday in advance of a rally in Bangkok.

Mayura Sewatasai, leader of United Front's branch in the city of Ayutthaya, told the Bangkok Post the demonstrators gathered in preparation for a major march on the Thai capital ahead of Sunday's planned anti-government rally.

Sewatasai said the demonstrators were fully prepared to bypass the authorities' checkpoint in Nakhon Ratchasima province to travel to Bangkok.

Ahead of Sunday's rally, demonstrators closed off a portion of Bangkok's streets Saturday to set up a sound system and projector to be used in the elections protest.

As the demonstrators prepared for the major rally, police and the military worked on security measures at state offices near the rally point.

Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva assured the public that authorities were actively monitoring the situation in order to maintain peace in the capital.

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