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End of "Bangkok Shutdown" but protests will go on, says Suthep

Published on Feb 28, 2014 11:43 PM
 
Leader of Thailand's anti-government protests Suthep Thaugsuban has announced an end to his "Bangkok Shutdown" campaign - but it will not mean an end of anti-government protests. -- PHOTO: AFP

IN BANGKOK - In a reprieve for the city of Bangkok, the leader of Thailand's anti-government protests has announced an end to his "Bangkok Shutdown" campaign - but it will not mean an end of anti-government protests.

At least four major intersections in downtown Bangkok will be returned to the public as Suthep Thaugsuban, leader of People's Democrati Reform Committee (PDRC), declared on Friday night that all his rally sites would be consolidated into just one site centred at Lumpini Park.

This means four major PDRC rally sites at Pathumwan, Ratchaprasong, Asoke and Silom, will be closed and the usually busy intersections will be returned to normal traffic.

This will be a reprieve to the city, roiled by the protests since January 13, the start of a much-touted but only partially successful "Bangkok Shutdown" campaign launched by the PDRC.

 
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