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By Khaosod English
09 January 2014, Last upated at 13:53 GMT
Van Drivers Protest Bangkok Shutdown

(9 January) Several hundred minivan drivers have staged a rally against the anti-government protesters' plan to "shutdown" Bangkok.

The People′s Committee for Absolute Democracy With the King As Head of State (PCAD) has threatened to occupy a number of major intersections in the capital city on 13 January and cause massive gridlocks in the bid to unseat Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

But over 300 van drivers have parked their vans at the Victory Monument this afternoon to voice their opposition to the PCAD′s "shutdown". 

The drivers claim they would suffer losses in income during the shutdown, as passengers avoid the congested roads and tourists stay away from areas affected by the protests.

Around 5,000 public vans operate in the vicinity of the Victory Monument, a hub for land transports in and out of Bangkok.



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