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NEW UPDATES Asean Affairs   6  January 2014  

Protesters march across capital to drum up support for "Bangkok Shutdown"

BANGKOK, Jan 5 - The anti-government movement, the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC), today marched throughout Bangkok to drum up support for the planned mass demonstration "Bangkok Shutdown" starting from January 13 onward.

PDRC leader Suthep Thaugsuban led the crowds from the main rally site of Democracy Monument, passing through Baan Mor, Pak Khlong Talat (flower market), Pahurat, and Charoen Krung Road before returning to the Rachdamnoen Avenue.

PDRC spokesman Akanat Prompan said the marching route covers eight kilometres, starting from approximately 10 am. The protesters are expected to arrive to Democracy Monument around 4 pm.

The protesters of the Network of Students and People for the Reform of Thailand (NSPRT), a splinter group of the PDRC, did not join the Sunday rally.

NSPRT key leader Uthai Yodmanee said that the group did not participate in today's walk but did not prohibit their supporters from joining the PDRC demonstrations.

The NSPRT remained at their rally site at Chamai Muruchet bridge but students of Ratchavinit School located in the protest area could still enter the school compound for their examination.

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