PCAD Leader Threatens Viphavadi Tollway Closure

An EOD police officer inspecting evidence of suspected M79 grenade attack at anti-government rally in Ladprao Intersection, 29 January 2014

(31 January) An anti-government protest leader has threatened to shutdown the tollway connecting downtown Bangkok with one of its international airports.

Mr. Issra Somchai, the core leader of the People′s Committee for Absolute Democracy With the King As Head of State (PCAD), made the threat after the military has not responded to his request for soldiers′ patrols around the expressway overlooking PCAD rally site at Ladprao Intersection.
The campsite has been attacked by unidentified militants almost on a nightly basis for several weeks;  on 29 January a suspected M79 grenade attack was also reported, injuring one protester.
"The rally area at Ladprao Intersection is very risky," Mr. Issara said.
He added that if the security forces still refuse to patrol the tollway, the protesters would be forced to close the expressway altogether for security reasons.
Closure of the tollway would have severely affected traffic in northern Bangkok, as it links the suburban area and Don Mueang Airport with Bangkok′s city centre, our correspondent reported.



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