Hundreds of people are expected to attend a demonstration in Bangkok on Saturday, January 19, to protest the postponement of elections. Protest organizers are also warning of demonstrations in other cities outside the capital. Meanwhile, the military junta warned protesters to "not cross the line" and is expected to deploy security forces. Transportation and business disruptions are expected near protest sites, along with a heightened security presence; clashes between security forces and protesters cannot be ruled out. Further demonstrations are possible in the coming days and weeks.
The Thailand Electoral Commission announced on Tuesday, January 15, that it would postpone elections previously planned for February 24. It suggested that elections would be held in mid-March, though no date has been selected.
Thailand has been ruled by a military junta since a coup in 2014 ousted the civilian government. The military announced plans for general elections in December 2018 following the lifting of a ban on political organizing and political assembly and campaigning.
Individuals in Thailand, particularly Bangkok, are advised to monitor developments to the situation, adhere to instructions issued by local authorities, avoid public demonstrations due to the risk of violence and arrest, and anticipate protests, transportation and business disruptions, and a heightened security presence.
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