Source Title: Myanmar military government takes over power, hundreds of people protest in front of Myanmar Embassy in Thailand
Hundreds of protestors held a rally in front of Myanmar’s embassy in Thailand Monday to protest against Myanmar’s military taking over power in the morning. 150 Thai police were at the scene to maintain order. According to Thai police estimates, about 100 Burmese working in Thailand and about 200 Thai Democrats participated in the protest. A small-scale conflict between the police and the demonstrators on the scene led to a temporary traffic jam on the main road in front of the Myanmar Embassy in Thailand. At present, traffic has been restored. One Thai protester was arrested and two others were injured in the clashes with police.
Thailand is Myanmar’s main neighbor, and Myanmar’s political turmoil has aroused Thailand’s concerns. On the morning of the 1st local time, a land port on the border between northern Thailand and Myanmar was temporarily closed. The port is located at the junction of meisai County, Chiang Rai Prefecture, northern Thailand and tachil County, Myanmar. It is one of the most important border ports between Thailand and Myanmar. Myanmar’s sudden temporary closure of the port has hindered the Thai Myanmar border trade and personnel exchanges. The Thai military said it had deployed to increase its military strength at the port in order to deal with emergencies. Thai Burmese officials did not disclose whether the closure of this major border crossing was related to the Myanmar military taking over power on the morning of the 1st and announcing a one-year state of emergency. (CCTV reporter Chen Lincong)