United Front of Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD) leaders said it would be easier to guard one site rather than two.
Red Shirt leader Natthawut Saikua said the protest leaders agreed that protesters from both sites had to consolidate "for maximum strength and efficiency" to prepare for a possible government crackdown.
"We will prepare our big army in preparation to fight with the Abhisit government after the Songkran festival. The major reason is we don't want to see more clashes and losses.
The government wants the Phan Fa area back, so we have returned it to them. The government has not asked for the Rajprasong area to be returned. If they want it back, they will have to kill again," Mr Natthawut said.
According to a security expert, there were two major reasons the Red Shirt leaders had decided to merge their protest site at Rajprasong: fear of a reprisal by some angry soldiers at Phan Fa due to a small number of protesters, and Rajprasong would be a more effective site for pressuring the government.
The source said with Rajprasong's significant location at the city's economic centre, the government would be more careful in launching a second crackdown on the protesters.
"Some protest leaders may respond by setting fire to nearby buildings, which would cause much damage," said the source.
Chai Srivikorn, president of the Ratchaprasong Square Trade Association, whose family owns the upscale Gaysorn Plaza, said on Wednesday the shopping centres nearby would have to close for security reasons because the demonstrators would occupy the road all the way down to Siam Square.
The damage to the Rajprasong shopping district runs at about Bt1 billion a day, he added.
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