Bangkok police regain yellow-shirts' demonstration area

15:32, February 28, 2011      

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Bangkok Metropolitan Police at dawn on Monday was able to retrieve some of the "yellow-shirt" anti-government protest site which has been occupied by the group since Jan. 25.

Chakthip Chaijinda, Bangkok Metropolitan Police chief, along with Vichai Sangprapai, commander of Metropolitan Police Division 1, and 700 police officers at 5.30 a.m. Monday demolished 5-6 tents and several placards of the nationalist "yellow-shirt" protesters on Ratchadamneonnok road around the Government House in order to regain traffic lanes to ease congestion in the area.

The police took up the area on Ratchadamneonnok road from Makhawan-rangsan Bridge to Misakawan Intersection without confrontation with the protesters.

"It is indispensable for the police to clear the traffic lanes so that general public would be able to pass by; however, the officers were ordered to avoid demolishing tents at the center of the crowd. Some police will be deployed on the pavement," Vichai said.

Soon after acknowledging the operation, a core leader of " yellow-shirt" movement, Maj Gen Chamlong Srimuang rushed to the stage and addressed the protesters.

"We have gathered for 35 days and never caused nuisance. This operation is directed by the government and it's not the police's intention," Chamlong said.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva expressed his appreciation to the "yellow-shirt" movement for unblocking the road.

The People's Alliance for Democracy, also known as "yellow- shirt", has encamped in the area surrounding Government House since Jan. 25 and staged rally against the government for mishandling of border dispute with Cambodia.

Source: Xinhua

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