Anti-Govt Protests Will Disperse For Royal Celebration

(19 November) The anti-government protesters have agreed to disperse ahead of the celebration of His Majesty the King′s 86th birthday, according to an official.


Mr. Manit Techa-apichoke, Deputy Permanent Secretary to the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA), said the authority has planned series of events to mark the auspicious occasion, such as mass candle-lit rally to express the goodwill toward His Majesty the King and merit making ceremony in honour of His Majesty the King.
The ceremonies are expected to take place on both Sanam Luang and Ratchadamnoen Avenue – where the anti-government protesters have been occupying.
He said he has been informed by by Mr. Suthep Thaugsuban, former Democrat MP who is now leading the protests, that the protesters will disperse after their major rally on 24 November. 
BMA officials would then proceed to clean and area and decorate the avenue with lights, portraits of His Majesty the King, and flowers, according to Mr. Manit. He estimated that it would take 5-7 days to prepare the venue for the celebration.

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