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3 Protests, MRT Stations Closure to Hit Bangkok Saturday

Members of the anti-government protest-act Rap Against Dictatorship are filmed during a recent Bangkok street protest for a new video that was released Nov. 13, a day before students groups stage three mass protests. (Photo: Tyler Roney for the Bangkok Herald)
Members of the anti-government protest-act Rap Against Dictatorship are filmed during a recent Bangkok street protest for a new video that was released Nov. 13, a day before students groups stage three mass protests. (Photo: Tyler Roney for the Bangkok Herald)

With three anti-government protests planned for Bangkok Saturday, 34 companies of police will flood the streets “to maintain order”, Metropolitan Police Bureau deputy chief Pol. Maj. Gen. Piya Tawichai said.

The so-called Bad Student group announced it would gather outside the Education Ministry tomorrow afternoon while Women for Freedom and Democracy plans to gather at Khok Wua intersection late in the afternoon and the Free People Group’s “mob fest” will play out at the Democracy Monument from 2 p.m. through midnight.

In all, it’s a good day to get out of town, especially as 10 stations on the MRT’s Blue Line extension will be closed part or all of the day for a royal ceremony.

Police will spread out along Ratchadamneon Avenue from the Royal Plaza to Sanam Luang.

Piya acknowledged that most of the demonstrators were young, so police would use tactics suitable for them in line with international standards. He didn’t say whether he though water cannons were “suitable”.

No barriers will be installed to block roads but the police will form lines at some locations to guard important areas.

Motorists are advised to avoid the route near the protest sites from noon tomorrow.

Likewise, the MRT’s Sam Yod and Sanam Chai stations will be closed from 6 a.m. until the end of the ceremony, while Itsaraphap, Tha Phra, Bang Phai, Bang Wa, Phetkasem 48, Phasi Charoen, Bang Khae and Laksong stations will be closed from 4 p.m. until the ceremony wraps up.

No time was given for when the ceremony would end.

Reporting from Thailand News Agency is included in this report.