The Metropolitan Police Bureau has reopened four of the 14 Bangkok roads that had been shut to stop protesters from marching to Government House in a bid to ease severe traffic congestion.
Police stand behind concrete barriers on Ratchadamneon avenue, one of the roads which have been shut down since Sunday. (Photo by Chanat Katanyu)
Pol Maj Gen Adul Narongsak, deputy Bangkok police chief supervising traffic, said two of the four closures have been lifted temporarily.
The affected routes are Si Ayutthaya road, between Wat Benjamabophit and First Division intersections, and Ratchawithi road, between Karn Ruan an Ratchawithi intersections.
The closure of the other two routes has been cancelled completely on Nakhon Ratchasima road, between Ruenrudee and Pracha Kasem intersections, and Sukhothai road, between Suan Ruenrudee and Sukhothai intersections.
The shut down of 14 routes was ordered at 2pm on Sunday. But traffic congestion problems prompted police to rethink the closures, according to the MPB. Police officers remain present at checkpoints along the four reopened routes.
Protesters from the anti-government group the Network of Students and People for Reform of Thailand are still gathering at Lumpini Park and the Uruphong intersection on Rama VI Road.
Pol Maj Gen Adul said more people were expected to join the rally at the Uruphong intersection later tonight. Protesters have put up tents and parked vehicles in the area, blocking motorists leaving the expressway and heading toward Rama VI Road.
“Motorists should avoid the route,” he said.
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