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Published on : Friday, November 8, 2013
The demonstrations in Bangkok have been peaceful and are taking places at the Democracy Monument, Phan Fa Bridge and Makkawan Bridge on Ratchadamnoen Avenue. The mobilisations and gatherings of demonstrators in other parts of the city may disrupt traffic at certain times.
Life in Bangkok and all other areas of Thailand continues as per normal. Tourist attractions and activities as well as businesses in Bangkok and other Thai cities are not at all affected, and continue as usual. Popular attractions in Bangkok including the Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha are open as per normal.
While travelling within Bangkok, tourists are advised to check travel route and traffic situation as well as avoid areas where crowds may gather. This is because there may be traffic disruptions or delays and thus causing inconvenience.As of 06.40 hrs. today, Thai Traffic Police announced that 11 roads surrounding the Government House and Parliament have been temporarily closed to traffic.
Ratchavithi Road: from Ratchawithi to Karn Ruen IntersectionsPichai Road: from U Thong Nai to Kattiyani IntersectionsU Thong Nai Road: from U Thong Nai Intersection to Dusit PalaceRatchadamnoen Nok Road: from King Rama V Equestrian Monument to Makkawan IntersectionsSi Ayutthaya Road: from First Division to Benchamabophit Temple IntersectionsPhitsanulok Road:
from Wang Daeng to Panichakarn Intersections
Look Luang Road: from Ratchasima Intersection to Orathai BridgeRama V Road: from Chamaimaruchate Bridge to Orathai BridgeNakhon Pathom Road: from Chamaimaruchate Bridge to Orathai BridgeJor Por Ror Road to Chakkrapatipong RoadLikhit RoadTourists need not be alarmed of security presences and checkpoints in Bangkok. A total of 7,595 police, or 49 companies are deployed to provide security in the city. Traffic police are also stepping up efforts to ensure traffic flow.
Thailand’s main gateway, Suvarnabhumi International 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 Muang Airports into central Bangkok as well as into tourist destinations southeast and southwest of Bangkok such as Pattaya, Hua Hin, Ko Samet and Ko Chang are operating as per normal.
As a precautionary step to ensure order in Bangkok, the Thai Cabinet has approved the use of the Internal Security Act in three districts – Dusit, Phra Nakhon and Pom Prap Sattru Phai or areas surrounding the Government House and Parliament – until 30 November 2013.In addition, the Ministry of Interior has authorised provincial governors to invoke the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Act, where and when necessary, also as a precautionary measure to ensure law and order.
Both laws do not prohibit nor obstruct peaceful demonstration held within the bounds of the law, but they enable 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.