On April 9, 2009 taxi drivers blocked access to the Victory Monument traffic circle in the Ratchathewi district, northeast of central Bangkok. Victory Monument is one of Bangkok‚Äôs busiest traffic circles as well as a major commuter transportation terminal catering to a large number of private and public bus services, a BTS Skytrain station and a major nearby expressway. The audacious move by the UDD to disrupt Bangkok‚Äôs notoriously bad traffic at Victory Monument caught the government of Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and the public totally off-guard.
Mr Abhisit declared the next day a public holiday adding an extra day to the Songkran (Thai New Year) holiday due to commence on the weekend. By the morning of April 9, 2009, more than 2,000 people were still camped at the Victory Monument traffic circle while around 5,000 people were still at the main protest site in front of Thailand‚Äôs Government House.
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