By  on March 17, 2010

Bangkok retailers have hired hundreds of additional security guards, and are searching incoming shoppers and cars and motorcycles as largely peaceful protesters block city streets and demand the government step down. Since the protests began Friday, sales at Siam Paragon, Bangkok’s 5.4 million-square-foot luxury retail mall, have slid 15 to 20 percent a day, said Udom Suphpathorn, a spokesman for the mall’s owner, Siam Paragon Development Corp.

Siam Paragon has hired an additional 400 security officers to supplement its full-time force of almost 700, Suphpathorn said.

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