Monday, January 13, 2014

Bangkok Shutdown

Today was the first day of the so called Bangkok Shutdown.  Anti government protesters are attempting to shutdown Bangkok by occupying key intersections around the heart of the city.  The closest location to us is just down the street about 1/2 mile away. On the attached map we are about a 1/2 mile north of the No. 2 location (Intersection of Sukumvit and Asoke roads).

 I have attached this English language video made by local news media.  (Sorry you have to endure the 15 second commercial in the Thai Language)

See the Video titled "Commuting the Bangkok Shutdown"

Some of the people being interviewed are located very close to where we reside. The major affect fo us was that it was very easy to cross the streets today. Almost no traffic on our street because it is totally blocked off 1/2 mile away. In addition the head of the Church Service Center asked all of the Church employees to stay home today.  So it was very quiet in the Church office building today also.  I expect that more people will venture out tomorrow now that the newness has warn off somewhat.

Of course we live close enough to the Church office to walk there.  It is located about a quarter mile north across Petchburi Road on the NW corner of the Asoke and Petchburi road intersection.

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