Thai authorities announced an emergency decree early on Thursday, October 14, in response to large-scale protests in Bangkok over calls for the resignation of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and his government, as well as for reforms to the monarchy. Gatherings of more than five people are banned in the capital, Bangkok, and the publication of news or online messages that "could create fear" is prohibited. The announcement of the new measures comes after thousands of protesters set up camp outside the prime minister's office in Government House and blocked a royal motorcade.
A heightened security presence is likely in the vicinity of the protest, with associated disruptions to transportation and business over the near term.
Public opposition has grown against Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha's over government spending, the dissolution of an opposition party, and many other factors. Activists have also called for reforms to the powers of the monarchy. Protests on an increasing scale have been held in Bangkok and other locations across Thailand in recent weeks. Counter protests have also been held, particularly in support of the monarchy.
Those in Bangkok are advised to monitor the situation, anticipate transportation disruptions, avoid protests or demonstrations as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities.
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