BANGKOK, Jan. 7 (Xinhua) -- Most people in Bangkok were concerned there could be violence if the anti-government People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) really shuts down the capital next Monday, Bangkok Poll reported here on Tuesday.
The pollsters at the Bangkok University based their finding on interviews with 1,021 people in Bangkok aged 18 and up between Jan. 3 and Jan. 6. According to the poll, 60.4 percent of respondents said they were worried the "shutdown" movement could lead to violence.
Asked on the most severe possible effects of the shutdown, 37.3 percent of respondents referred to traffic congestion and travel difficulties, with 22.5 percent opting for a slowdown in economy, investment and tourism.
Another 19.3 percent of them pointed to possible violent clashes involving the PDRC, the pro-government red-shirts and state authorities.
Thailand's anti-government protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban earlier called a mass rally on Jan. 13 to paralyze Bangkok, in order to boycott the Feb. 2 general election in the country, demanding political reform beforehand.
On whether the resignation by caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra would help ease political turbulence and conflict, 45 percent of the respondents said it would not make any difference, 38.9 percent thought it would help ease political tension, while 16.1 percent believed it would get worse.
Asked about the post-election political situation, if the election took place on Feb. 2 as scheduled, 44.4 percent said it would be the same, 25.5 percent thought it would get worse, with another 14.4 percent believing it would be better.
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BANGKOK, Jan. 5 (Xinhua) -- Thailand's anti-government protesters on Sunday morning began a warm-up rally to mobilize more people to join a mass campaign planned on Jan. 13 to paralyze the capital.
Led by Suthep Thaugsuban, secretary-general of the People's Democratic Reform Committee, protesters started at about 10 a.m. a march of about eight km in downtown Bangkok. Full story
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Pro-gov't Thai Red Shirts to deter protesters' "Bangkok shutdown"
BANGKOK, Jan. 2 (Xinhua) -- Thailand's pro-government Red Shirt activists said Thursday they will gather en masse and counter anti- government protesters who have planned to "shut down" the Thai capital on Jan. 13.
Chatuporn Prompand, leader of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship, the official name of the Red Shirt movement, said on Thursday that Red Shirt members will keep Bangkok open as normal while former deputy premier Suthep Thuagsuban, leader of the anti-government protesters, planned to have his followers occupy its major streets, cut off power and water supplies at varied government premises and paralyze road traffic in the inner part of the capital. Full story