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Asoke was closed off pretty much completely; people all the way from the intersection to the subway station (on the left looking towards Petchburi) with many more still walking towards the area. Roads in the area are earily quiet, nowhere near the amount of people on the subway I had expected. It was even less than usual.


Exchange Tower has closed off some of its entrances and the office tower opposite (Soi Cowboy side) seemed to be totally closed.



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Protester from Nakhon Si Thammarat shot near Chaeng Wattana rally site



A protester was shot and seriously injured while he was guarding a barrier at the Chaeng Wattana rally site late Sunday night, police said.


Pol Col Charoen Srisalak, deputy commander of the Metropolitan Police Divison 2, said Samrarn Chanthong-on, 36 a Nakhon Si Thammarat resident, was shot at around midnight.


Charoen said eyewitnesses told police that man was shot by a motorcyclist who stopped at the barrier and talked to him briefly before a gunfire was heard.


Smararn was rushed to the Mongkut Wattana Hospital and was in safe condition. He was shot by a shot gun at his left shoulder.




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Protesters block Wireless Road Intersection, Saladaeng Intersection



Protesters blocked the Wireless Road Intersection and the Saladaeng Intersection Monday morning, Channel 3 reported.


It said protesters started blocking the intersections early in the morning and they also blocked the Thai-Belgian Friendship Bridge.






Protesters close Phetchaburi-Asoke Intersection



Protesters closed the Phetchaburi-Asoke Intersection to traffic at 6 am Monday, Channel 3 reported.


Inbound traffic was completely halted on Phetchaburi road from the intersection, the station said.






p.s. I'd bet Soi Cowboy will open anyway. Just a matter of walking there. :hmmm:

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Thailand doesn't move forward, it goes in circles. I came here 7 months before the October 1973 rising against the "gang of three". It almost feels like I am back there again. Yet people insist on comparing Thailand to western countries. Thai's concept of democracy is still rather "under-developed". Democracy doesn't mean you always get your way and it doesn't mean you can do whatever you want if your side wins the election. The idea of compromise seems to be lacking!


The Post is criticising Suthep for saying a win-win situation is unacceptable. But think back to 2010, when Abhisit's government offered to call elections in return for an end to the months' long red shirt occupation of the business district. Everyone breathed a sigh of relief, thinking the crisis had passed. Even the red shirt protesters cheered the news when it was announced to them. Then a phone call came from Thaksin rejecting the offer, since it did not offer him amnesty. In response, Abhisit told the Army to end the occupation, which it did with force. Thaksin also had rejected a win-win situation when handed to him on a silver platter. With egocentric leaders, there can be no compromise.


See if you think this applies:


"A sociopath is a liar and a user, plain and simple. They have no sympathy or empathy for anyone but themselves. They do not know, or want to learn, how to care about someone else. They are great actors for a while until they think they’ve got you hooked. Then you become nothing more than their victim. Their ultimate goal is to rule the world, including all the people in it.


A person with sociopathic tendencies tells you everything you want to hear and behaves exactly as you want them to behave. They sweep you off your feet and make you fall instantly in love with them. They’re charming and sweet and LYING! A sociopath wants everything that everyone else has. They’re very jealous of material things. They have a huge sense of entitlement. They will tell you that they don’t love themselves. That’s ridiculous. They ONLY love themselves. Don’t be fooled.





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Starting to worry?



Pheu Thai: Why delay vote till May 4?



Pheu Thai Party leader and caretaker Interior Minister Charupong Ruangsuwan* said the government was ready to consider the Election Commission (EC)'s proposal that the election be postponed, but said the agency should state why it believed the election would go smoothly if it was held on May 4.


"Has the EC gone to soothsayers, such as ET?" Charupong said in a reference to E Thi, Myanmar's most famous fortune-teller.


Charupong said that legally, the election could not be postponed beyond February 6, as the election law stated it must be held within 60 days of a House dissolution. The only exceptions are in cases of disasters or riots, and only in the affected areas, not nationwide.


"If we postpone because of fears that there would be violence, it would set a bad precedent for future elections,'' he said.


Pheu Thai spokesman Prompong Nopparit* yesterday submitted a letter to the EC to show the party's stance that the poll must be held on Feb 2, since a budget of over Bt3.8 billion has been allocated for the agency to do this.


"The EC has continuously expressed reluctance to carry out its duty as if to respond to the [anti-government] People's Democratic Reform Committee's demands. The Royal decree to hold the general election has been endorsed by the King. If the EC does not carry out its duty, it will bring about disaster to the country and it must be held responsible,'' he said.


EC secretary-general Puchong Nutrawong said yesterday the February 2 election would go ahead if the government did not back the idea that it be postponed to May 4.


Puchong was responding to reports that EC chairman Supachai Somcharoen on Friday requested the government issue a Royal decree to postpone the election, citing six reasons contributing to the possibility that the February 2 election might face disputes and obstacles.


Puchong said Supachai had already signed and sent the letter to caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra formally requesting the government postpone the election.


Yingluck told reporters she had not yet received the letter.


The EC has prepared reserve offices in Samut Prakan, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani and Chon Buri since its office at the government complex on Chaeng Wattana Road was taken over as one of seven protest sites of the PDRC.


The five commissioners will hold meetings in a safe house if necessary.


Meanwhile, Democrat Party deputy leader Sathit Pitutecha said he would tomorrow submit a request to the EC to investigate Yingluck.


Sathit sought an investigation into whether Yingluck violated Article 181 of the Constitution and Article 53 of the Election Act by abusing state funds in holding seminars and awarding police with cash, allegedly in order to buy votes.


He said there were witnesses and circumstantial evidence such as documents supporting the claim, which could cause Yingluck to be banned from politics if found guilty.






*Both handpicked Thaksin loyalists. Reads this as "Thaksin thinks, Pheu Thai does".

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Shopping malls in Siam area remain open



Security guards of the Siam Center and the MBK shopping center malls confirmed that the department stores would be open as usual Monday morning.


The Thailand national stadium and the Bangkok Art And Culture Centre were close.








Two men shot


Bangkok Metropolitan Administration's Erawan Medical Emergency Services Center at 00.46am on Monday reported that a 30-year-old man was shot at his neck near Chang Wattana Road. He is now undergoing treatment at Mongkut Wattana Hospital as he lost a lot of blood.


Meanwhile, Springnews television station reported via its twitter that a man was shot near the barricade of anti-government demonstration at Soi 14 on Chang Wattana Road.




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The Nation has a running thread ...



Bangkok Shutdown operation as it unfolds









Marching to Chalerm's house! :surprised:


The People's Democratic Reform Committee is organising simultaneous rallies around Bangkok to cripple the government in the so-called Bangkok Shutdown operation. Here how the event has unfolded:


08.45 am: PDRC workers set up a tent and gates for entering the rally site at the Pathumwan Intersection.


Former deputy Democrat leader Chaiwut Bannawat makes a speech at the intersection. Academics from Chulalongkorn University and Thammasart University join the rally.


9:00 am: PDRC secretary-general Suthep Thaugsuban leads a huge procession of protesters to move from the Democracy Monument to other rally sites.


9.45am: Caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, who is also Caretaker Defence Minister, arrives to monitor the news at the Office of the Permanent Secretary for Defence.


10.07am: The march led by Suthep from Democracy Monument reaches Yommarat area.






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