Bangkok faces biggest gridlock ever

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Bangkok street protestsMass protests on December 22 are likely to cause the biggest gridlock that Bangkok has ever seen. In the morning, tens of thousands of protesters were marching to various locations in the Thai capital, among them crucial traffic arteries and intersections, with many roads closed by police and business areas inaccessible by car.

Protest leaders said that they expect “up to 3 million people” to join the protests. Twitter reports spoke of many areas in the city being blocked by large groups of people blowing whistles and waving flags, some driving on six-wheel trucks and tractors,  and Bangkok’s traffic radio station issued one traffic alert after the other.

One group marching towards caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s residence in Soi Yothin Pattana consisted of ladyboys from the popular Miss Tiffany dance troup in Bangkok. They converged in front of the house to show a symbolic opposition to Yingluck who was not at home as she is currently touring the northeastern districts of Thailand and avoiding Bangkok.

The Thai political crisis remained deadlocked after the opposition Democrat Party on December 21 announced to boycott the February 2 snap elections unless the caretaker government initiates reforms immediately.

 

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Mass protests on December 22 are likely to cause the biggest gridlock that Bangkok has ever seen. In the morning, tens of thousands of protesters were marching to various locations in the Thai capital, among them crucial traffic arteries and intersections, with many roads closed by police and business areas inaccessible by car. Protest leaders said that they expect "up to 3 million people" to join the protests. Twitter reports spoke of many areas in the city being blocked by large groups of people blowing whistles and waving flags, some driving on six-wheel trucks and tractors,  and Bangkok's traffic radio...

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Bangkok street protestsMass protests on December 22 are likely to cause the biggest gridlock that Bangkok has ever seen. In the morning, tens of thousands of protesters were marching to various locations in the Thai capital, among them crucial traffic arteries and intersections, with many roads closed by police and business areas inaccessible by car.

Protest leaders said that they expect “up to 3 million people” to join the protests. Twitter reports spoke of many areas in the city being blocked by large groups of people blowing whistles and waving flags, some driving on six-wheel trucks and tractors,  and Bangkok’s traffic radio station issued one traffic alert after the other.

One group marching towards caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s residence in Soi Yothin Pattana consisted of ladyboys from the popular Miss Tiffany dance troup in Bangkok. They converged in front of the house to show a symbolic opposition to Yingluck who was not at home as she is currently touring the northeastern districts of Thailand and avoiding Bangkok.

The Thai political crisis remained deadlocked after the opposition Democrat Party on December 21 announced to boycott the February 2 snap elections unless the caretaker government initiates reforms immediately.

 

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