WITH representatives of musicians showing up to submit a petition to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha this morning (Nov. 23) police closed the roads around the Government House to ensure security, Thai Rath newspaper said.
Gen. Prayut arrived at Government House at 9 a.m. to attend a Cabinet meeting scheduled for every Tuesday but roads around the complex were closed including Phitsanulok Road from Suan Misakawan intersection to Nang Loeng intersection and Rama 5 road from Wat Benchamabophit (the Marble Temple) to Phanitchayakan intersection leading to heavy traffic congestion in the area.
At 11 a.m. 10 musicians led by Ms. Thanaporn Wichan representing the Entertainment Workers Union and Musicians Have a Voice group arrived at Suan Misakawan intersection to hand over their petition to the Premier that entertainment venues be reopened on Dec. 1 not Jan. 16.
They said not only musicians but other people who work at night have suffered greatly ever since entertainment venues were closed. The situation is particularly bad for them because they are not part of the social security system.
The demonstrators then set up their music equipment and played songs at this intersection to underscore that they had nowhere else to do so.
However, until 11.30 a.m. Mr. Somphat Nilphan, an adviser to the Office of the Permanent Secretary, the Prime Minister’s Office, came out to receive their petition.
Top: Musicians getting ready to play some songs at Suan Misakawan intersection. Photo: Matichon
Home Page: Not a vehicle in sight after roads around Government House were closed this morning. Photo: Matichon