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The army, police and Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) have organised a free concert at Victory Monument on Wednesday evening.

City Clerk Ninnart Chalitanon said the concert will be from 4pm and 7pm, near Phong Lee restaurant.

Entertainment will be by marching bands from the army,  police and students from Ratchawinit School as well as a Bonglarng performance,  traditional music from the Northeast, provided by the BMA.

Also participating will be actors and actresses working with the army or the police.

A mobile health unit will also be on site providing free health checks, provided by Phramongkulklao Hospital.

Horse guards from the King’s Guard, 2nd Cavalry Division will also take part in the activities.

About 100 protesters gathered inside and outside the Terminal 21 mall at Asoke intersection on Sunday to demonstrate their opposition to the coup.

The protesters from several factions and a number of individual activists showed up at about noon with anti-coup banners and made a three-finger sign as an anti-coup symbol before ending the rally at 2pm.

The sign represents liberty, equality and fraternity used by demonstrators to signal their stance.

A combined police and military force moved to the area about 20 minutes after the gathering. They were inside and in front of the department store and on the skywalk linking to the BTS.

It forced Terminal 21 management to close the mall and order customers out as scores of police and helmeted soldiers with riot shields took positions nearby. Two army trucks, including a Humvee mounted with a machine-gun, parked on a street outside, but moved away after crowds booed them.

The rally continued with no violence and only a stand-off between security forces and demonstrators. The crowd surrounded two plainclothes police officers who tried to detain one of the protesters. But after several minutes of shouting, the protester was released.

The venue for the rally was announced by Sombat Boon-ngamanong, leader of the Red Sunday Group, on his Facebook page.

“I am here because I don’t want a coup. I want elections and democracy,” said a 66-year-old female protester who asked to be identified only as Ratchana because of concerns over being detained.

”This is the 21st century,” she said. ”There shouldn’t be any coups, but they still keep happening … because Thais are afraid” to speak out.

Winthai Suwaree, the deputy spokesman for the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), said the centre was closely monitoring anti-coup situations especially the one at Terminal 21.

The junta warned of arresting demonstrators for defying a ban on gatherings of more than five people if negotiations with them fail.

They will be sent to a military court and the punishment will be left to the court, Col Winthai said.

About 6,000 soldiers and troops were deployed in eight locations in Bangkok including Ratchaprasong area, which was the venue of the rally last Sunday, and Democracy Monument. Security authorities in other provinces stepped up measures but there were no reports of major rallies.

Police on Sunday detained a woman in the Pratunam area after she was seen demonstrating alone at Ratchaprasong intersection where a number of officers had been deployed to handle anti-coup protesters.

The lone protester showed up at Ratchaprasong intersection at about 10.40am. She was wearing a mask with the word “people” printed on it.

Police tracked her and detained her at the Pratunam intersection. She was taken to Lumpini police station for violating the NCPO’s decree on anti-coup protests.

The woman, who has not yet been unidentified, said she was an ordinary citizen who had done nothing wrong.

A woman was forced into a taxi by suspected plainclothes police officers after she allegedly flashed three-finger signs signalling her opposition to the coup near Asoke BTS station on Sunday, June 1, 2014. (Video by Chumporn Sangvilert)

Bangkok trains, stores to close early

Posted by pakin On May - 23 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

The BTS skytrain and the MRT underground services will stop operating at 9pm and department stores in Bangkok will close their doors at 8pm on Friday.

Surapong Laoha-Unya, director and chief operating officer of Bangkok Mass Transit System Plc (BTSC), said BTS skytrain services will halt at 9pm on Friday. Updates will be posted on Facebook and Twitter.

The Bangkok Metro Plc earlier announced its underground train services will halt at 9pm.

Siam Piwat, operator of Siam Paragon, Siam Centre, Siam Tower and Siam Discovery, posted on its website that it would close at 8pm on Friday. Normal opening hours would apply on Saturday, 10am to 10pm.

Central Group said its retail outlets, including all branches of Central department store, Robinson, Zen, Tops Supermarket, Power Buy, Supersports, B2S, Home Work, Thai Wassadu and Office Mate will also close at 8pm on Friday. Family Mart stores would be open between 5am and 10pm.

The coup junta has declared a nationwide curtew from 10pm to 5am each day.

Nine roads still closed in Bangkok

Posted by pakin On May - 23 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Nine roads in Bangkok which were earlier occupied by either pro- or anti-government protesters remained closed or partially closed on Friday morning, the day after the military coup in Thailand.

The Traffic Police suggested motorists to avoid these roads, which will be clean up and later reopen to traffic. The military haas already cleared most of the political demonstrators from the areas.

The roads are: Ratchadamnoen Nok road between Phanfa intersection and the Royal Plaza; Luk Luang road between Prachakasem and Thewakam Bridge; Krungkasem road; Chakdiphong road, where only two lanes will be allowed on both sides of Rama 8 Bridge; Ratchadamnoen Klang road between Khok Wua intersection and Pom Mahakarn; Phitsanulok road between Nang Lerng and Wang Daeng intersections; Rama 5 road between Wat Benchamabophit and Orathai bridge; Chaeng Wattana road between the Thailand Post complex and the Government Complex; and Utthayan, or Aksa, road.

The military has organised additional trains and public buses to take demonstrators back to their home provinces.

Col Winthai Suvaree, deputy army spokeman, told Channel 5 TV station – an army run station which is the only station to broadcast brief news to the public – that most of demonstrators of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship on Aksa road left the area on Thursday night.

Most of the anti-government protesters under the People’s Democratic Reform Committee, who had occupied  Ratchadamnoen Nok road,  also went home.

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