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Thousands of Thai anti-gov't protestors arrive at Bangkok amid tight security

English.news.cn   2010-03-13 18:27:06 FeedbackPrintRSS

A member of "red-shirts", supporters of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD), shouts slogan at a rally in Bangkok, capital of Thailand, March 13, 2010. The demonstration organized by the UDD started on Friday when the red-shirted supporters of fugitive former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra are traveling to Bangkok. (Xinhua/Lui Siu Wai)

BANGKOK, March 13 (Xinhua) -- Thousands of the anti-government protestors from several provinces, particularly from the North East region, have arrived at the main rally site at the Pan Fah Bridge from Saturday afternoon.

The Pan Fah Bridge is located on Ratchadamnoen Road in the center of Thailand's capital Bangkok as the UDD political demand includes resignation of the coalition government or the House dissolution paving the way for a new general election.

Joint police and military personnel have been strictly safeguarding Ratchadamnoen Road as a stage and tents have been set up along the road by the UDD demonstrators, the National News Bureau of Thailand (NNT) under the state-owned Public Relations Department, reported.

Earlier in the morning Police Major General Tanapol Sontade, commandant of the 191 observation and special operation, led a bomb detection and disposal squad to examine the area on the Pan Fah Bridge.

Police Major General Tanapol said his team would also pass on the inspection task to the UDD people when they arrive at the bridge.

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