(5 February) Anti-government protesters have refused to vacate Rama VIII Bridge until 7 February, citing the need for more time to pack up.
According to a deal struck between the Bangkok authorities and the People′s Committee for Absolute Democracy With the King As Head of State (PCAD), the protesters were supposed to leave the bridge by noon today to ease the traffic for Bangkok commuters.
Since the PCAD has occupied the bridge on 13 January, many citizens have complained that they had faced difficulty travelling, as Rama VIII Bridge is a major link of western and eastern banks of Bangkok′s Chao Phraya River.
However, PCAD leaders said they need 2 more days to pack up their belongings and heavy equipment. They promised to leave the bridge by Friday.
Nevertherless, many protesters were already seen moving their belongings to Phan Fah Bridge near Democracy Monument this afternoon, where a separate group of anti-government protesters have been camping.
PCAD leaders have previously vacated their rally sites at Victory Monument and Lad Prao Intersections, as the numbers of demonstrators at both sites have dwindled.
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