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Published on : Wednesday, November 27, 2013
The anti-government protesters are staging their protests at three main stages – Democracy Monument on Ratchadamnoen Klang Avenue, Nang Lerng Junction on Nakhonsawan-Phitsanulok Roads and Sanam Luang on Ratchadamnoen Nai Avenue. They are also occupying the Ministry of Finance and the area outside the Government Public Relations Department on Rama VI Road, the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, the Ministry of Agricultural and Cooperatives and the Ministry of Transport on Ratchadamnoen Nok Avenue. They have vacated the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as of this morning, while the demonstrators at the Ministry of Interior have moved back to Makkawan Bridge in the evening.
Due to the protests being concentrated in three districts of Bangkok – Dusit, Phra Nakhon and Pom Prap Sattru Phai – the Bangkok Mass Transit Authority (BMTA) has announced a temporary rerouting of 12 city bus routes. In addition, given the large number of protesters in the areas, roads around or within the vicinity of Democracy Monument, Government House and the Parliament may be temporarily closed to traffic.
Meanwhile, the pro-government supporters are staging their campaign at Rajamangala Stadium on Ramkhamhaeng Road. All locations being occupied by both anti-government protesters and pro-government supporters are not MICE destinations and tourist attractions.
However, business travelers are advised to check travel route and road traffic situation as well as avoid areas where crowds may gather. This is because there may be heavy road traffic at certain times and thus causing inconvenience.
Commuters are advised to use public transport such as BTS SkyTrain, Airport Rail Link, public buses and vans, and limousine services. Air travellers are also advised to allocate more time before flight depart or at least three hours.
Thailand’s main gateway, Suvarnabhumi Airport, in Bangkok and all other international and domestic airports throughout the country are operating as per normal. Transportation to and from Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang International Airports into central Bangkok as well as into MICE venues and tourist destinations southeast and southwest of Bangkok; such as, Pattaya, Hua Hin, Ko Samet and Ko Chang are operating as per normal. The State Railway of Thailand and the Transport Co., Ltd., (inter-provincial bus service) are operating as per normal.
International and domestic airlines are operating flights between Bangkok and Thai cities, as well as destinations around the world, as per normal.
Business Travelers need not be alarmed of the presence of security forces and checkpoints in Bangkok. Police are deployed to provide security in the city. Security has been stepped up to prevent ill-intentioned people from inciting violence. Traffic police are also stepping up efforts to ensure traffic flow in the city.
The Thai Government has announced the enforcement of the Internal Security Act (ISA) in all districts of Bangkok and Nonthaburi, Bang Phli district of Samut Prakan and Lat Lum Kaeo district of Pathum Thani until 31 December to maintain law and order.
The law does not prohibit nor obstruct peaceful demonstration held within the bounds of the law, but it enables security agencies – police, military and civilian – to effectively prevent and mitigate, as much as possible, undue disruption or impact on the safety of the general public.