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Bangkok Shutdown: Light traffic as people stayed home on first day of shutdown

Published on Jan 14, 2014 9:44 AM

BANGKOK (THE NATION/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Traffic was light in Bangkok on Monday, as residents avoided travelling or stayed home as the anti-government 'shutdown' campaign kicked off.

For those who ventured out, most turned to rail and other public transport.

Half the normal number of sedan car trips, normally totalling around 1.2 million runs a day, were made on city streets on Monday, said deputy National Police chief Pol Lt-General Ruengsak Jarit-ek.

A large number of commuters turned to marine transport in canals and on the Chao Phraya River.

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