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Published on : Friday, November 29, 2013
As of today, the anti-government protesters are staging their campaigns at the following locations, which are not business events venues and tourists attractions: Democracy Monument on Ratchadamnoen Klang Avenue/Nang Lerng Junction on Nakhonsawan-Phitsanulok Roads/ Sanam Luang on Ratchadamnoen Nai Avenue/ Makkawan Bridge on Ratchadamnoen Nok Avenue/ Ministry of Finance on Rama VI Road/ Government Complex on Chaengwattana Road/Ministry of Information and Communication Technology/ Ministry of Justice and its Department of Special Investigation.
The anti-government protesters are also rallying at the following government offices, which are not business events venues and tourist attractions: Ministry of Tourism and Sports on Ratchadamnoen Nok Avenue/ Ministry of Transport on Ratchadamnoen Nok Avenue/ Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives on Ratchadanoen Nok Avenue/Ministry of Commerce on Nonthaburi Road/Ministry of Energy on Vibhavadi Rangsit Road/Ministry of Labour on Mitmaitri Road/Ministry of Industry on Rama VI Road/Ministry of Social Development and Human Security on Damrong Rak Road/Ministry of Culture on Borommaratchachonnani Road / Ministry of Public Health on Tivanond Road.
Today, they are marching to the following locations: Ministry of Defence on Sanam Chai Road/ Ministry of Education on Ratchadamnoen Nok Road/ Royal Thai Police on Rama I Road.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Department of Consular Affairs at the Government Complex on Chaengwattana Road is open and operating as per normal. However, there may be heavy road traffic within and around the area.
For business travellers visiting the kingdom, it should be stressed that all of the locations occupied by the anti-government protesters in Bangkok and other provinces are mainly not the business events areas.
Business travellers have not been targeted in the ongoing political protest. However, business travellers are advised to be vigilant and avoid areas where crowds may gather.
The pro-government supporters are staging their campaign at Rajamangala Stadium on Ramkhamhaeng Road. The area is in the eastern part of Bangkok and far off from the above areas occupied or targeted by the anti-government protesters.
There has been no report of chaos of violence en route or at in any of the protest locations.
Outside of Bangkok, the anti-government protesters are campaigning at provincial city halls of, such as, Trang, Songkhla, Satun, Krabi, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Chumphon, Yala, Ranong, Pattalung, Surat Thani, Phuket, Phang-nga and Chai Nat. Officials have confirmed that the protesters have seized none of the provincial halls. No chaos or violence has been reported.
Business events destination outside Bangkok such as Pattaya, Hua Hin, Ko Samui, Phuket, Chiang Mai,Phang-nga and Krabi, for instance, are operating as per normal. These provinces’ administration halls are located in official designated areas, and are not where business travellers go to or where tour companies include in the tour programme.
However, business travellers are advised to check travel route and road traffic situation as well as avoid areas where crowds may gather in Bangkok and other provinces.
In Bangkok, the Bangkok Mass Transit Authority (BMTA) has temporarily rerouted 12 city bus routes to avoid getting stuck in the areas where large crowds gather. In addition, given the large number of protesters, roads around or within the vicinity of Democracy Monument, Government House and the Parliament may be temporarily closed to traffic.
International and domestic airlines are operating flights between Bangkok and Thai cities, as well as destinations around the world, as per normal.
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 departs or at least three hours.
Life in Bangkok and all other areas of Thailand continues as per normal. Business Events venues and activities as well as businesses in Bangkok and other provinces are not affected, and continue as usual.
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 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.
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.