Red-shirts core leader Veera Musikhapong announced an end to the current anti-government protest in Bangkok on Tuesday morning as hundreds of soldiers surrounded the Government House camp where the remaining demonstrators had gathered.
Mr Veera said the leaders of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) agreed to end the rally because they were worried about the safety of the protesters. (Bangkok Post)
AUTHORITIES PROVIDE BUSES
To speed up the process of sending protesters back home, the authorities sent 60 buses to pick them up at the Royal Plaza.
Earlier, the authorities used 4 busses to send them to provincial bus terminals but the process was too slow. (Nation)
End ? Tactical retreat ? Sincere will to spare lifes ?
The point is : a potential explosive situation (thousands of protesters at Government House, surrounded by army) has been defused. And the authorities are playing their part by accelerating the evacuation.
Deputy PM’s Secretary-General and acting Government Spokesman Panithan Wattanayakorn announced Tuesday that the Cabinet resolved to declare Thursday and Friday extra holidays. (Nation)
Another good political move, so people can cool off. And it’s easier for the security forces to keep an eye open… And it’s always… popular ! 😉
However… the effects on industrial production are going to be negative… April because of Songkran is always a slow month… But this year… mixed with the economic crisis… it’s going to kill the GDP on Q2.