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Army checkpoints in Bangkok get flowery makeover

March 7, 2014

BANGKOK (AP) — Army checkpoints set up in the Thai capital to keep security during the country’s political unrest are getting a makeover in a bid to project a kinder, gentler image.

A military commander, Maj. Gen. Wara Boonyasit, said Friday that soldiers have decorated some bunkers with colorful flowers and potted plants after Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra suggested that the 176 checkpoints around the city may be unnerving residents and scaring foreign tourists.

Soldiers were deployed in force last week after a spate of armed attacks on anti-government demonstrators. In more than three months of protests in Bangkok, 20 people have been killed and hundreds wounded. Protesters are demanding Yingluck’s resignation, but she has refused.

Wara says the checkpoints would also be relocated to less prominent locations to become less obtrusive.

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