Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Bangkok Curfew Imposed To Curb Violence In Thailand

Bangkok Curfew Imposed As Violence And Fires Rage In Thailand

As protests and violence are still taking place, officials have declared a curfew for Bangkok and other areas. Worse may come if Thailand doesn’t have some type of order restored. The Red Shirt protesters are not backing down entirely, and anti-government protests are nevertheless going on. Several foreign governments are urging their citizens to keep away from Thailand altogether or to leave as soon as possible.

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Bangkok protester camp raided

The damage that has been done will take a lot more than a little quick cash to undo and restore order and confidence in leadership among the citizens. According to the Christian Science Monitor, troops from the Thai military entered an encampment of anti-government protesters. After the raid, a curfew was imposed in Bangkok also as in other areas of Thailand. As soon as government troops had taken over the camp, leaders of the Red Shirt protesters announced they would surrender to avoid further violence and bloodshed. Following this announcement, further violence broke out in Bangkok streets, and a number of buildings were set on fire in apparent arson attacks.

British Government issues travel advisory

Any subjects of Great Britain at the moment in Thailand are issued an advisory by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, as outlined by the BBC. On May 14, the British Embassy was forced to close due to violence. Any Britons in Bangkok or in Thailand are advised to stay indoors and not to travel within the country, or if they must to do so after curfew hours to ensure safety and to carry all appropriate identification and paperwork with them. Thai officials have confirmed that travel after curfew will be safe as along as all necessary paperwork is in order and available.

Uneasy times ahead

After the raid on the encampments of Red Shirts, numerous buildings were set on fire, and emergency services had difficulty extinguishing the blazes. Red shirt protesters are calling for an entirely new election to be held, as they are deeply dissatisfied with the current government. It may be some time before order is restored.

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