Bangkok, Thailand (CNN) — Anti-government protesters called off a rally they had planned for Tuesday because of an immense military presence on the streets of Bangkok.
“We are not going to mobilize to anywhere because there are too many soldiers on the street,” said Nattawut Saikua, a leader with the United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD). “We are afraid we could lose position.”
The Thai military has stationed about 1,500 troops along a Bangkok road amid anticipation of renewed clashes with the protesters who are demanding that the prime minister dissolve the government, hold new elections and leave the country.
The road, Silom Road, is considered a city financial center and home to some of the nation’s largest companies.
The protesters, called ‘Red Shirts,’ had planned to march to Silom from Ratchaprasong intersection at the heart of Bangkok’s commercial center.
Demonstrators from across the country have camped out by the thousands at the intersection for days.