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Taking it to the streets

Demonstrators - political or social - are moving to new sites where their voices are more easily heard

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Political and civil dissent in Bangkok in past decades have been mainly limited to areas around Sanam Luang, Thammasat University and Ratchadamnoen Avenue. 

An area in front of shopping malls in the business district of Ratchaprasong was transformed into a political demonstration ground when about 4,000 anti-amnesty protesters converged there last week. PATTARAPONG CHATPATTARASILL

These areas have witnessed several historic political events - from the Oct 14, 1973 student uprising to the Oct 6, 1976 massacre and the 1992 Black May protest against the Suchinda government. Many labour and environmental campaigns have also been held in these areas.

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