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16 Oct 2020 | 12:17 PM UTC

Thailand: Cabinet approves 30-day state of emergency in Bangkok October 16 /update 5

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Thailand’s cabinet approves 30-day state of emergency in Bangkok on October 16; avoid protests as a precaution

TIMEFRAME expected from 10/16/2020, 12:00 AM until 11/13/2020, 11:59 PM (Asia/Bangkok). COUNTRY/REGION Bangkok

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Event

Thailand's cabinet has approved a 30-day state of emergency in Bangkok on Friday, October 16, after the government announced an emergency decree on Thursday, October 15, due to large-scale protests demanding the resignation of the government of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and to call for reforms to the monarchy. The emergency measures ban gatherings of more than five people within the city and prohibit the publication of news or dissemination of online messages that could "create fear". The Prime Minister warned that a nighttime curfew may also be introduced if unrest is not stemmed. Despite this, protesters have continued to gather within the city. On Friday, some 100 people gathered at Pathumwan intersection.

A heightened security presence is likely in the vicinity of the city, with associated disruptions to transportation and business over the near term.

Context

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.

Advice

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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