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Occupy Bangkok: Protesters Shut Down the Wall Street of Thailand

Posted on Jan 13, 2014

  An anti-government protester displays his hoodie that reads “We love the King” outside MBK Center shopping mall in the Pathumwan district in Bangkok, Thailand. Anti-government protesters aiming to shut down central Bangkok took over key intersections Monday, halting much of the traffic into the Thai capital’s main business district as part of a campaign to thwart elections and overthrow the democratically elected prime minister.

An estimated 100,000 protesters shut down Bangkok’s commercial district Monday.

It’s where the deals are done and the wealthy of Thai society live.

Bangkok is a notoriously difficult city to negotiate, and that’s without the masses blocking off already-choked traffic lanes.

One faction of demonstrators has, according to The New York Times, given the prime minister until Wednesday to leave office and is calling for radical, anti-democratic change.

But the atmosphere is reportedly jovial so far, a stark contrast from the brutal crackdown three years ago that left many protesters dead.

Thailand has a very active political culture, with the interests of rural and urban citizens, as well as the rich and the poor, often boiling over in the capital.

—Posted by Peter Z. Scheer

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