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Protesters continue blocking traffic and besieging governmental buildings in Bangkok

January 14, 2014, 10:48 UTC+3
Protesters have already announced their intention to block the building of the Air traffic Center in Bangkok January 15
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BANGKOK, January 14. /ITAR-TASS/. Protesters striving for Thai government’s resignation, have blocked entrances of the Customs Department in Bangkok on Tuesday. They also intend to start blocking other governmental agencies and thus making their work impossible.

Protesters from the student branch of the opposition movement known by its radical moods have already announced their intention to block the building of the Air traffic Center in Bangkok January 15. This center provides connection of air traffic control services of Thailand directly with plane crews that are in the air.

Seven key crossroads in Bangkok’s downtown remain blocked the second day in a row. The oppositionists spent the last night at the blockade sites, sleeping in tents put directly on the street, or straight out in the open. Mountains of rubbish are growing on the crossroads occupied by the protesters. Major shopping malls that are located in the blockade area have cut their working hours. Many hypermarkets close their doors already after 6 p.m. for security reasons. Throughout the day, food courts in these malls are popular among the protesters. Checkout lines may be hundred meters long.

Tourist police of Bangkok told Itar-Tass that during the first day of the capital’s blockade law enforcement bodies received only six claims from foreign tourists. All of them concerned receiving information on how to get to specific places amid the blockade. Tourist police branches are working on major surface metro stations, and volunteers are ready to provide help to travelers. Police urges foreigners to dial 02-314-1212 24-hour hot line number in case of any problems.

The opposition, the ideological core of which is formed from Democratic Party representatives, strives for immediate resignation of acting Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, as well as cancellation of early elections to the country’s National Assembly (parliament). Protesters believe that it is necessary to carry out a political reform in the kingdom before the elections. Oppositionists insist on introducing not only a voting age, but also an income and educational limit for voters in Thailand. Experts say that in the current system, when anyone has the right to vote, the opposition backed mainly by the small middle class, does not have any chances to win.

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