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23 Jul 2019 | 01:30 PM UTC

Thailand: Protest in Bangkok July 24

Thailand News Alert

Activists to protest in Bangkok on July 24; heightened security presence and transportation disruptions

TIMEFRAME expected from 7/23/2019, 12:00 AM until 7/24/2019, 11:59 PM (Asia/Bangkok). COUNTRY/REGION Bangkok, Thailand

Event

Local media outlets report that activists plan to demonstrate against the proposed plans for the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) in Bangkok on Wednesday, July 24. Participants are due to meet at the temporary Parliament House on Chaengwattana Road at 09:30 (local time).

A heightened security presence and localized transportation disruptions are expected in the area of the protest.

Context

Related protests were held in Bangkok on July 23.

On February 1, 2018, Thai parliament approved a law for trade and investment in the EEC, which straddles three eastern provinces - Chonburi, Rayong, and Chachoengsao - in a bid to develop by 2021 these provinces into a hub for technological manufacturing and services with strong connectivity to its ASEAN neighbours. Protesters have said the EEC development plans only benefit certain groups, while damaging the region's food security, economy, and way of life. They have also demanded hearings for local residents to have their say.

Advice

Individuals in Bangkok are advised to monitor the situation, avoid all protests as a precaution, anticipate localized transportation disruptions, and adhere to any instructions issued by the local authorities.

 

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