Travel Council Confirms Hong Kong Tourist’s Safety in Protest-Hit Bangkok

Published on : Thursday, November 28, 2013

download (1)The Travel Industry Council said, more than 1,000 Hongkongers on group tours in Bangkok are safe and trying to avoid protest hotspots. However, security officials still urge caution.



Joseph Tung Yao-chung, the council’s executive director, said the travellers were “safe” and “trying to avoid problem areas. And while there were no immediate problems in tourist areas in the Thai capital, travel operators were prepared to “change the itinerary to meet the situation” and make the “necessary arrangements” if the situation worsened.”



The Security Bureau has advised travellers to be careful, as demonstrations continue to spread across Bangkok. Protesters have broken into several government ministries and have camped there, in an attempt to overthrow the government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.



Traffic was the biggest issue faced by the tour groups, as some parts of Bangkok were rendered inaccessible by the protests, Tung added.Much of the rage has swelled since Sunday, with more than 180,000 anti-government protesters, according to figures from the National Security Council, spilling onto the streets to express their anger and call for Yingluck to step down.

The protests are the latest turmoil in a long-running political saga since exiled PM Thaksin Shinawatra was ousted in a bloodless coup by the Thai military in 2006.The government has raised a special security law giving more powers to the police. The act allows authorities to enforce curfews, operate checkpoints, control movements of protesters, and act fast if rallies get out of hand.

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