ရာမာ ရွစ္ တံတားႀကီး ၊ ဒြန္ေမာင္း ေလဆိပ္ နဲ ့ သု၀ဏၰ ဘူမိေလဆိပ္ ကို သြားတဲ့ လမ္းေတြ ကို ဆႏၵ ျပ
သူေတြ က ထရပ္ ကားႀကီး ေတြ ေမာ္ေတာ္ ကား တာယာ ေတြ နဲ ့ ပိတ္ဆို ့ထား လိုက္ ပါၿပီ။ဘန္ေကာက္ ၿမိဳ ့လည္ မွာေတာ့ အေရး ပါတဲ့ လမ္းဆံု လမ္းခြ ေတြ ကို ဆႏၵ ျပသူေတြ က ၀င္ေရာက္လာ လို ့
လံုၿခံဳေရး တပ္ဖြဲ ့ ေတြ က ေနာက္ဆုတ္ သြား တာ လည္း ရွိ ၿပီး စစ္တပ္ က တင့္ ကား ေတြ ရွိ တဲ့ ေနရာ ကို
ေတာ့ ဆႏၵ ုျပသူ ေတြ က ေရွာင္ သြားတာ ေတြ ့ရ ပါတယ္။
ဒီမိုကရတ္ ပါတီ ေခါင္းေဆာင္ နဲ ့ ဒု၀န္ႀကီး ခ်ဳပ္ ေဟာင္း ဆူသပ္ေသာင္ဆူဗန္း ဦးေဆာင္ တဲ့
People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PRDC) က ေန ယင္လပ္ ရွင္နာ၀တ္ထရာ အစိုးရ
ျပဳတ္က် ေစဖို ့ ဒီပိတ္ဆို ့ မႈႀကီး ကို ဦးေဆာင္တာ ျဖစ္ ပါတယ္။
Protesters at Ratchadamnoen prepare to march to other sites as the main site is being shut down. PATTARAPONG CHATPATTARASILL
The crowd at Victory Monument has started to grow. APICHART JINAKUL
The entry to Silom Road is blocked by protesters sitting in the shade of the overpass across from Lumpini park. PAWAT LAOPAISARNTAKSIN
The mid-morning crowd at Lat Prao. PATIPAT JANTHONG
Ratchaprasong is crowded with protesters as usual. THITI WANNAMONTHA
The crowd at the Pathumwan, the PDRC’ s new main rally site stretches all the way to Chulalongkorn University in the distance. SEKSAN ROJJANAMETAKUL
Former Prime Ministers Chuan Leekpai (far left) and Abhisit Vejjajiva (next to him) look down at the crowd at Pathumwan. Security is very tight and people are not being allowed on the skywalks. PORNPROM STRABHAYA
Demonstrators in Nakorn Ratchasima march in opposition to any coup attempt and, of course, opposing the Bangkok shutdown. PRASIT TANGPRASERT
Although they aren’t getting much attention yet, many counter demonstrations, some organied by local red-shirts, are taking place around the country.
Photo by Chanat Katanyu
Caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is meeting with members of her cabinet and other top officials at the Office of the permanent secretary of defence in Muang Thong Thani.
Crowds at the rally sites and on the streets are getting much bigger. Victory Monument is filling up rapidly.
Mr Suthep’s “army” of protesters leaves Ratchaprasong. PATTARAPONG CHATPATTARASILL
PDRC secretary-general Suthep Thuagsuban has left Ratchadamnoen and he is now walking down Lan Luang Road with a large group of protesters The Democracy Monument site will no longer be used, but the Dhamma Army will stay there. (10:35 Mr Suthep has entered Petchaburi Road with his “mob”.)
In one of the first activities of the day, protesters at Lat Prao are preparing to go to the Labour Ministry to “say hello” to caretaker minister Chalerm Yubamrung.
Richard Barrow has a google map of all the protest sites both current and past. It is updated regularly. You can find it here: http://bit.ly/1avfPoW
Here is our own map based on plans announced by PDRC leaders:
The Asok intersection has now been closed as expected, and the Wittaya – Sathorn Nuea intersection has also apparently been closed, which was not expected. The BTS has opened normally, but it is reported to be packed with commuters Lots of people slept on the streets last night at all sites These are largely advanced groups with the main shutdown activities beginning later this morning. There was no police crackdown last night.
There were two reports of shootings last night, one at the Democrat Party Headquarters which caused some damage but no casualties and another in the Chaeng Wattana area which injured a 20-year-old.
While, protesters have already moved to some of the targetted intersection the main group is still at Democracy Monument and will be until tomorrow morning. PATIPAT JANTHONG
If you look closely you can see that tents are going up in preparation of the shutdown of the Lat Prao 5-way intersection WISIT THAMNGERN
Traffic near the 5-way Lat Prao intersection tonight as the PDRC starts closing this vital communication link PATTARAPONG CHATPATTARASILL
Where are the police? Good question. There are reports that more than 10,000 have been selected for keeping peace and order but it is not clear where they are. So far, the numbers of protesters are relatively small at each site so I imagine organisers are a bit nervous about what might happen in the early hours of the morning.
I’ll be back with full coverage tomorrow.
Meanwhile, from Ratchaprasong, Richard Barrow reports that Ratchdamri is closed all the way to Pratunam, but the crowd is not yet really big.
PDRC protesters block Chaeng Wattana Road road near the entrance to Government complex on Sunday afternoon, one day earlier than the planned Jan 13 Bangkok Shutdown. THITI WANNAMONTHA
Thai PBS has just reported from the Lat Prao 5-way intersection that while an advanced group of protesters is there, they have not yet blocked traffic. A 2km stretch of highway has been blocked at Chaeng Wattana, but protesters are trying to keep traffic moving to some extent. The seven protest sites will not be in full operation until tomorrow.
Democrat party leader and former PM Abhisit Vejjajiva (center) joins core leader Sathit Wongnongtoei (right) on the Democracy Monument stage PATIPAT JANTHONG
Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva is now addressing the crowd at Democracy monument. He has not been there very often recently.
Twitter is the fastest place to find out what is happening this minute. To get you started, here are some people to follow:
@RichardBarrow who is watching twitter reporters from throughout the city
Again, via twitter, blockage beginning at Pathumwan intersection which is supposed to be the main rally site The situation is a bit confused at the moment, apparently
Photos via twitter show a stage being erected at Lumpini Park.
More information is coming in. Core leader Sathit Wongnongtoei says the Democracy Monument site will be dismantled by 9am tomorrow and protesters will go to the seven shutdown sites He says the Dhamma Army will guard Democracy Monument after site is dismantled and wait for eventual “victory celebrations”.
Dr Warong Detkitwikrom, former Democrat MP from Phitsanulok, says all ministries will be blocked except the Health Ministry which has already been effectively taken over by ministry staff.
The scene outside caretaker Labour Minister’s house a short time ago. THANARAK KHOONTON