Occupation of shopping district
On 3 April protesters occupied the shopping district of Ratchaprasong
in the city of Bangkok. The government declared a state of emergency on the evening of 8 April. The state of emergency permitted the military to detain people they considered a threat to national security, censor the media, and forbid gatherings of more than five people. Troops barricaded the uplink
station for the Thaicom
satellite to prevent it from airing People Channel
, a TV station operated and initiated by the UDD that had been broadcasting freely for a year, enticing people to join the UDD and aggressively stirring viewers up with anti government sentiments. Protesters surrounded the station in the afternoon of 9 April. Tear gas was fired into the crowd, prompting the protesters to storm the station and the troops to withdraw. After negotiations, the security forces allowed the station to resume broadcasting and the protesters left the uplink station. However, the government blocked the station's broadcast soon after protesters left the scene.
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