|BANGKOK, April 16 (TNA) – Damages estimated at about Bt9.5 million to property belonging to the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) were incurred during violent clashes between anti-government protesters and government forces in the capital this week, BMA Governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra said Thursday, while announcing that religious rites will be held to boost the morale of the people.
Among the city government’s inventory which were completely destroyed or damaged during Monday’s clashes were nine mobile toilets, 30 surveillance cameras, traffic lights and passenger bus pavilions, said Mr. Sukhumbhand.
The Bangkok Mass Transit Authority (BMTA) said earlier that 16 buses were burned and 15 damaged in clashes which ended in the capital Tuesday. Total damages sustained by the transport agency were estimated at Bt30 million.
In an effort to rehabilitate and boost the morale of Bangkokians shocked and depressed by the political turmoil, the governor said that Buddhist and Brahmin religious rites are to be conducted, and that people who practise other religions such as Islam or Christianity could hold rites at mosques or churches.
Mr. Sukhumbhand said he is thinking of asking 435 schools under BMA to teach pupils what should be respect, preserve and act patriotic properly in the school curriculum. The teaching is aimed at enabling the students to become good citizen in future.
He also urged Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva to lift the state of emergency order imposed in the capital and its five neighbouring provinces on Sunday in order to improve the image of the capital in the eyes of foreign tourists visiting the country. (TNA)
General News : Last Update : 15:18:35 16 April 2009 (GMT+7:00)