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Bangkok security tightens as more mourners expected

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 00:55

Thailand is set to tighten security as more mourners are expected to come to Bangkok to pay their respects to the late king. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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NATURAL ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Thais across the country are in mourning for King Bhumibol Adulyadej who died last week after 70 years on the throne. In the northern mountain village of Doi Pui, members of a Hmong hill tribe community held a ceremony to pay their respects to the king on Monday (October 17). They gathered in a village building and a member of the community sang the king's song to honour him. Many wore traditional clothes to show their respect, rather than the black worn by mourners in other parts of Thailand. In Bangkok, more mourners were gathering at the gate of the Grand Palace to enter, pray and pay their respects. Meanwhile, the government said security measures would be heightened to cope with an expected influx of mourners from around the country. The official mourning period is due to last for a year. For 30 days, the government has Thais refrain from festivities and wear black.

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Bangkok security tightens as more mourners expected

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 00:55