DYNAMIQ IN THE NEWS: BANGKOK: CONTINUING PROTESTS FUEL FEARS OF MILITARY ACTION

BANGKOK: CONTINUING PROTESTS FUEL FEARS OF MILITARY ACTION

13 January 2014

This morning The People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) and anti-government supporters began to blockade major roads and access to key public locations in Bangkok ahead of the shutdown scheduled to start at 09:00 local time (02:00 GMT), they have also threatened to occupy government office compounds. Today’s effort to shut down Bangkok, has raised fears of violence that could result in military action.

Since late last year protestors have clashed with Police in a series of actions and to date at least eight people have died in protest related violence. On Saturday at least seven people were injured when unknown gunmen opened fire on anti-government demonstrators at the main rally site in Bangkok. The risk of anti government action became apparent in November 2013 after a controversial amnesty bill was passed by the Lower house of the Thai government, potentially positioning Thailand’s ousted former leader Thaksin Shinawatra to return from self imposed exile, avoiding jail time and reinforcing his alleged controlling influence on the current Pheu Thai government headed by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. The aim of the protestors is to prevent an early general election called by the Prime Minister for Feb 2 and force her to resign and have her government dissolved and replaced by an interim administration focussed on putting a  stop to corruption and money politics

Smart Traveller: Travellers should exercise a high degree of caution in Thailand due to the possibility of civil unrest and the threat of terrorist attack. You should pay close attention to your personal security at all times and monitor the media for information about possible new safety or security risks.

- Daniel Pritchard, Chief Operations Officer, Dynamiq

 

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