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Bangkok Violence

Bangkok subway and SkyTrain to remain closed

May 17, 2010

The subway train service in Bangkok will remain closed at all stations on Tuesday due to the continuing violent clashes between troops and protesters, Maj. Gen. Chartchai Praditpong, public relations director at the MRT, said on Monday.

The management of BTS (Bangkok Mass Transit System) also announced that both the Silom and Sukhumvit lines of the SkyTrain will stop providing service on Tuesday for the safety of staff and passengers.

A telephone call from Korbsak Sabhavasu, the prime minister's secretary-general, to Nathawut Saikua prompted the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship leaders to hold an urgent meeting, according to television reports.

The meeting began shortly after 3:00 pm on Tuesday, the deadline given by the government for protesters to leave Ratchaprasong. Most of the protesters remained at the rally site despite the deadline although they looked tense on seeing a government leaflet warning them to immediately leave the area. On receiving the call from Mr. Korbsak, UDD leaders went inside a portable container for a meeting.

Meanwhile, acting government spokesman Panitan Wattanayagorn said the Centre for the Resolution of Emergency Situation would hold a meeting at 5:00 pm to discuss steps to be taken to retake the occupied area after the 3:00 pm deadline passed. He declined to go in detail, saying only that priority would be given to evacuating children and the elderly from the rally site. Mr. Panitan said Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva was still in high spirits and determined to overcome the problems.

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Bangkok subway and SkyTrain to remain closed

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