Demonstrators demand junta step down in Bangkok

     BANGKOK, June 9 (Xinhua) — Thousands of people on Saturday marched to and rallied in front of the Army headquarters in central Bangkok, which houses the Council for National Security (CNS) led by Thai Army chief Sonthi Boonyaratkalin, to demand the military junta step down.

     Nearly 10,000 demonstrators began their rally at Sanam Luang, or the Royal Field square in central Bangkok at about 4 p.m.(0900 GMT) Saturday, and started to move towards the Army headquarters about six kilometers away after 9 p.m.(1400 GMT). 

    The marchers’ number grew along the way, and by the time they arrived at the Army headquarters at around 10 p.m.(1500 GMT), participants were estimated at more than 20,000, who blocked the road towards the Army headquarters as long as three kilometers. 

    Some 2,000 policemen were dispatched around Sanam Luang and the Army headquarters to monitor and control any possible disturbance, according to Metropolitan Police chief Lt-General Adisorn Nonsee. 

    Anti-riot policemen, equipped with helmets and shields but without guns, were deployed at the scene. Read the rest of this entry »