LIVE UPDATE: 2013 Bangkok Protests

Published on 1st December 2013 by Stickboy BKK

Final Update: 21.10pm local time.

If you are out and about today please exercise caution as pro-government supporters are on the move around Bangkok city.

It’s being reported the red shirts are heading for home and not taking to the streets as planned whilst the anti-government protestors are going to storm around 10 locations.

red shirts go home

The leader of the pro-government demonstrators issued instructions for the 100,000 or so gathered in the Rajamangala stadium and surrounding areas in the Ramkhamhaeng district to go home following the death of a 21 year old student during clashes last night.

For those of us here in Bangkok this is good news as it decreases the chances of clashes dramatically, although, it doesn’t mean there won’t be isolated incidents.

Below is a list of places I recommend you avoid today. It’s better to be safe than sorry. I will continue to update throughout the day as the situation develops.

central world closed

CentralWorld, Siam Discovery and Siam Paragon are all closed today as is the skywalk from BTS as it overlooks the Police headquarters o Rama I. Again, this area is better off avoided.

The Siam area is home to some of the most popular shopping malls in Bangkok. Management have confirmed they will close at short notice should the need arise. If visiting be prepared for a large crowd to descend on the area. This also goes for Siam Square and surrounding shopping districts. In my opinion, you’d be better off giving it a miss today.

Siam Center shopping mall now closed.

MBK – another place to avoid as crowd are expects to gather in that area too.

Dusit Zoo – I’m not sure if it is officially closed, but it’s currently home to 15,000 police officers. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out this is a no go.

All Government Buildings – stay away.

Wat Benchamabophit also known as the Marble Temple – visit another time.

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Rumours, stories, gossip, jungle drums…

11.45am – Bangkok Post – A group of anti-government protesters have on Sunday morning taken control of Thai PBS television station

12.07pm – Facebook – The area under Siam BTS station.

siam bts protestors

12.13pm – PBS TV – Reporting live that they are NOT under siege.

12:18pm – Twitter – Police fire tear gas near Government House

12.40pm – Various – Protestors outside Channel 5 and Channel 7 TV stations.

1.10pm – Various – BTS and MRT operating as normal.

1.40pm: The Thai army sends unarmed troops to assist Ramkhamhaeng University students who were stranded in campus buildings since last night.

4.05pm – Twitter – A double decker bus has been set on fire in front of Rajamangala Stadium in Ramkhamhaeng.

4.40pm – asiancorrespondent – It was just announced that police riot-control units have been dispatched to retake control of the occupied Finance Ministry and Government Complex in Chaeng Wattana.

4.45pm – Stickboy BKK – I went for a walk along to the protests outside the Channel 5 building on Phahonyothin Road earlier and here’s what’s going on in this part of BKK.

Heading TOWARDS Victory Monument Phahonyothin Road is closed to traffic from Soi 3 to Soi 1 to all but motorbikes. Buses are offloading passengers at Ari and u-turning to head back towards Mo Chit.

Heading AWAY from Victory Monument in the direction of Mo Chit only a small amount of cars and buses are being allowed to pass the protest area.

The road blocks in both directions are being manned by the protestors themselves.

The protest area itself is pretty small. Around 300 people at most. When I first arrived they were in party spirits having a sing-a-long. On my return about an hour later they were on the mic and revving up the crowd with anti-government rhetoric. It in no way felt threatening nor was the atmosphere anything other than that of a demonstration.

Victory Monument is pretty quiet to – traffic and pedestrians. Far fewer stalls and hawkers around too. Traffic was light with the entire roundabout empty at times.

6.50pm – Bangkok Post – Confirmation that a body was found on the burned out bus in Ramkhamhaeng today.

21.10pm – Final update for the day. All is quiet around the city and the deputy PM suggests we all stay home from 10pm until 5am for our own safety.

Good advice. Good night and stay safe.

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