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Thai protesters say no plan to shut airports

Published on Jan 3, 2014 8:06 PM
 
Anti-government protesters gather outside the house of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra during a rally in Bangkok, on Dec 26, 2013. Thailand's anti-government protest movement reasured tourists Friday that it would not target the kingdom's airports or public transportation during a planned "shutdown" of Bangkok later this month. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BANGKOK (AFP) - Thailand's anti-government protest movement reassured tourists Friday that it would not target the kingdom's airports or public transportation during a planned "shutdown" of Bangkok later this month.

The demonstrators, who are seeking to oust Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and curb her billionaire family's political dominance, say they will occupy Bangkok from January 13.

"Operation Occupy Bangkok does not involve airport closures or the disruption of any mass transport services. Public buses, trains, BTS sky-trains, MRT underground trains, and public boats will operate normally," the protest movement said on its English-language Facebook page.

The demonstrators have vowed to set up protest stages around the capital, prevent government officials from going to work and to cut off power and water to government offices as well as to the residences of the prime minister and her cabinet.

 
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