4 Schools Closed Due To Protest Clashes

An anti-government protester confronts a group of riot police on Ratchadamnoen Avenue, 18 February 2014

(18 February) The Bangkok administration has closed down 4 schools in the vicinity of anti-government protest campsites as clashes between the demonstrators and riot police intensified.

The 4 schools are Benchamabopit School, Ratchabopit School, Sutat School, and Ratchanadda School, said Mr. Attapon Suwattanadecha, deputy permanent secretary of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA).
All of these schools are located near Ratchadamnoen Avenue, where clashes between anti-government protesters and police erupted after the police attempted to clear the protest campsites. 
Additional schools in the area might be closed tomorrow, Mr. Attapon said, in order to avoid a major rally called by anti-government protest leadership.
However, Mr. Chalor Kieochalua, director of Benchamabopit School which situated just across Government House – a key position held by anti-government protesters – said "80%" of students managed to arrive at the school today despite the ongoing clashes.
But Mr. Chalor said the school administration is closely monitoring the situation, and all classes might be cancelled if the violence escalates.



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