Barrier removed in Bangkok – protests look more like a big festival with no resistance
In the latest twitter chatter, protesters are invited to flood the police headquarters and other closed government buildings.
In the latest twitter chatter, protesters are invited to flood the police headquarters and other closed government buildings. This is an indication public servants and the police are agreeing with protesters in the latest development in Thailand’s capital, Bangkok.
Anti-government protesters have crossed heavily fortified barriers and reached the gates of the prime minister’s office without resistance from the police.
All of this is now a more peaceful move. The scene looks more like a big festival. Tourists in Bangkok enjoy their stay and are not part of the revolution like protests in some part of the same city.
Earlier Tuesday, police used cranes to remove concrete slabs and barbed wire barricades on a road leading to the nearby city police headquarters after agreeing to let the protesters into the building.
The unexpected reversal of strategy by the government suggests it no longer wants to confront the protesters after three days of clashes. Government officials did not comment on the developments. At least three people have died and more than 230 people have been injured in street battles.
The protesters milled outside the gates of the prime minister’s office, known as Government House, and made no attempt to go through the gray gates of the sprawling compound.
Earlier protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban, a former deputy prime minister with the main opposition Democrat party, called for the police and civil servants to support the demonstrators.
Also earlier prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said a demand to replace the government with an unelected council was “unimaginable” under the constitution, and called for talks to end a dispute that is damaging Southeast Asia’s second-largest economy.