Protests in Bangkok to last at least 3-5 days

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Bangkok riotsThousands of protesters gathered in Bangkok on August 4 to rally against the government of Yingluck Shinawatra amid worries over the potential for fresh unrest in the politically-turbulent country.

Police said that the rally will last for 3-5 days or even longer. When protesters gathered at Bangkok’s Lumpini Park, they brandished Thai national flags as well as the yellow emblem of the country’s monarchy. Demonstrators milled around restaurant carts and memorabilia stalls were set up at the protest site in the central Bangkok park.

The Thai government has already invoked a special security law to control the protests. More than 1,600 police were deployed to protect key government buildings, while thousands more were put on standby, and tear gas as well as water cannons have been readied. Shopping malls and some businesses in the area closed down.

Expats and tourists are advised to avoid the rallies.

Reportedly, officers were keeping a close watch for any interference by a “third party,” probably the army. The officers had been instructed to act “according to the law and refrain from violence.”

According to the Bangkok Post, Deputy Interior Minister Pracha Prasopdee said local administrative organisations in different provinces had found out that people were paid 300 to 500 baht ($10-$16) per head to join the anti-government rally in Bangkok for a day. They would be given 2,500 baht ($81) each if they joined the protest for three to five days, he added.

Mass demonstrations, often involving bloodshed, have become a recurrent feature of Thailand’s turbulent politics in recent years, with ultra-royalist nationalist “Yellow Shirts” and their pro-Thaksin “Red Shirt” foes both taking to the streets.

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Thousands of protesters gathered in Bangkok on August 4 to rally against the government of Yingluck Shinawatra amid worries over the potential for fresh unrest in the politically-turbulent country.

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Bangkok riotsThousands of protesters gathered in Bangkok on August 4 to rally against the government of Yingluck Shinawatra amid worries over the potential for fresh unrest in the politically-turbulent country.

Police said that the rally will last for 3-5 days or even longer. When protesters gathered at Bangkok’s Lumpini Park, they brandished Thai national flags as well as the yellow emblem of the country’s monarchy. Demonstrators milled around restaurant carts and memorabilia stalls were set up at the protest site in the central Bangkok park.

The Thai government has already invoked a special security law to control the protests. More than 1,600 police were deployed to protect key government buildings, while thousands more were put on standby, and tear gas as well as water cannons have been readied. Shopping malls and some businesses in the area closed down.

Expats and tourists are advised to avoid the rallies.

Reportedly, officers were keeping a close watch for any interference by a “third party,” probably the army. The officers had been instructed to act “according to the law and refrain from violence.”

According to the Bangkok Post, Deputy Interior Minister Pracha Prasopdee said local administrative organisations in different provinces had found out that people were paid 300 to 500 baht ($10-$16) per head to join the anti-government rally in Bangkok for a day. They would be given 2,500 baht ($81) each if they joined the protest for three to five days, he added.

Mass demonstrations, often involving bloodshed, have become a recurrent feature of Thailand’s turbulent politics in recent years, with ultra-royalist nationalist “Yellow Shirts” and their pro-Thaksin “Red Shirt” foes both taking to the streets.

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