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Bangkok roads blocked ahead of rally

Heavy traffic congestion is on Nakhon Sawan Road heading to Thewa Kam intersection, Bangkok, where cargo containers were placed on Wednesday. (Photo by Chanat Katanyu)

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Rolls of razor wire and barricades were placed around royal ground in Dusit and Phra Nakhon districts on Wednesday, blocking important places including the Crown Property Bureau and Government House.

The barricades were installed even though anti-government protesters announced they were moving their afternoon rally from the CPB to SCB Park, the headquarters of Siam Commercial Bank, in Chatuchak district.

Cargo containers were stacked on roads to Government House, Royal Plaza and the Crown Property Bureau.

Soldiers in plain clothes were seen around the CPB, which anti-government protesters had earlier announced as their target on Wednesday.


Makkawan Rangsan Bridge was closed to traffic, and also parts of Rajavithi, Samsen, Sawankhalok, Si Ayutthaya and Wisut Kasat roads.

Ongoing anti-government protests and the police responses have caused heavy traffic congestion in the capital.

Youth-led protesters have demanded the resignation of the prime minister, constitutional changes and the reform of the royal institution.

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Vocabulary:

barricade : a temporary structure built to prevent someone/something from getting past - แผงหรือแนวรั้วกั้น

congestion : a situation in which a place is crowded with people or vehicles - แน่นขนัดไปด้วยรถหรือคน

constitutional : correct or allowed according to the constitution - ถูกต้องหรืออยู่ในขอบข่ายที่ระบุไว้ในรัฐธรรมนูญ

container : a large metal or wooden box of a standard size in which goods are packed so that they can easily be lifted onto a ship, train, etc. to be transported - ตู้บรรจุสินค้า

plain clothes : police wearing plain clothes; not dressed like police so people do not know they are police; working under cover to gather information -

reform (verb): to improve a system, an organisation, a law, etc. by making changes to it - แก้ไข, ปรับปรุง,

resignation : the act of leaving a job, position of power, etc. - การลาออกจากตำแหน่ง

target (noun): an object, person, business, building, area, etc., that someone intends to attack, deal with or find - เป้าหมาย

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