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  1. Since the military coup on May 22, Thailand has been under a strict curfew. Initially, everyone was ordered indoors from 10pm to 5am. The curfew has just been relaxed however – allowing tourists and locals to stay out in the evenings – as long as they are off the streets between midnight and 4am. Naturally, visitor numbers are down and the industry is suffering. Tourism Council of Thailand (TCT) President Piyaman Tejapaibul this week called on the military to lift the curfew entirely in tourist hotspots around the country. And while evidence suggests that this has already happened in some tour
  2. <p>The Thai economy will likely expand by 0.2% or even contract this year, according to a Moody’s report.</p> <p>The coup could cause the economy to shrink, Fred Gibson wrote in Moody’s Analytics on Friday.</p> <p>Persistent political squabbling could also affect the long-term investment outlook and, by extension, the</p> <p>economy’s growth potential.</p> <p>Exports, the only bright spot in the latest economic data, will likely ease as the outlook across major trading partners has softened.</p> <p>The higher sales tax in Japan
  3. As the Hong Kong Travel Industry Council announced a red travel alert to Thailand, in light of the Thai military announcing a coup, all group tours heading for the country has been cancelled. Joseph Tung, Travel Industry Council executive director, claims that 1,300 holidaymakers, part of 70 groups will be affected. What will happen to tours scheduled for departure after May 31 will be reviewed and decided next week reports the SCMP. Hongkongers vacationing in Thailand are urged to seek caution and avoid areas of protests and large gatherings. via All tours to Thailand from Hong Kong cancelled
  4. The National Peace and Order Maintaining Council (POMC), the ruling junta set up by the Thai army after yesterday’s coup, said this morning on their Facebook page that Thai citizens should not believe rumors that they will shut down the internet, social works, Line, or Youtube. They also advised that citizens follow information from the Royal Thai Army Radio and Television Station (Channel 5) only. via Peace and Order Maintaining Council: Don’t believe rumors about shutting down internet. View the full article
  5. The United States says it is reviewing its military aid and other dealings with Thailand, its closest ally in Southeast Asia. US Secretary of State John Kerry said in a blunt statement, “there is no justification for this military coup.” He said “this act will have negative implications for the US-Thai relationship, especially for our relationship with the Thai military. We are reviewing our military and other assistance and engagements, consistent with US law.” Kerry said he was concerned by reports that senior political leaders had been detained and called for their release. He urged the “im
  6. The army imposed martial law on Tuesday and today the chief of the army made a televised address to the nation announcing that it was seizing power. It has imposed a nightly, nationwide curfew between 10pm and 5am which will apply both to locals and tourists. During this time tourists in all parts of the country must return to their accommodation before 10pm and not leave again until after 5am. Tourists planning to fly into or out of the country after 10pm will be an exception however. As in previous coups, these travellers will be allowed to move between the airport and their hotels, accord
  7. Thailand’s army chief announced on Thursday that the military is seizing control of the government, and suspending the constitution just two days after the military insisted that declaring martial law was not indicative of a coup. Royal Thai Army Commander-in-Chief Prayut Chan-O-Cha announced the maneuver to the public in a televised address, saying “In order for the country to return to normal quickly, the National Peace Keeping Committee comprised of the army, the Thai armed forces, the Royal Air Force and the police need to seize power as of May 22 at 4.30 p.m.,” adding “All Thais must rema
  8. Thailand’s military launched a coup Thursday, detaining leaders of rival factions and sweeping into the streets in a move it said was necessary to end months of political turmoil. In a nationally televised announcement, Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha, commander in chief of the Royal Thai Army, said the military takeover would help a fractious country “return to normal quickly.” But the move could also inflame tensions, eliminating an elected government and marginalizing a boisterous opposition group while putting power in the hands of military leaders who have largely stood on the sidelines in recen
  9. <p>Suan Dusit Poll of Ratchabhat University’s Suan Dusit campus conducted an opinion survey from a total of 1,264 people during May 20-21. The results of the survey are as follows:</p> <p>- 50.93 percent said the martial law would help ease the tensioin and the army are capable of controlling the situation and preventing confrontation.</p> <p>- 25.75 percent believe that martial law is a way out of the conflict and the people will feel more secured.</p> <p>- 11.49 percent are worried because the martial law may affect their livelihood and r
  10. <p>SAMUT SAKHON – Soldiers seized a small arsenal of firearms, ammunition and explosives from the dormitory room of a 44-year-old woman on Wednesday morning. Two red-shirt membership cards were also found in the room.</p> <p>In Lop Buri a former army ranger was detained along with a cache of guns, ammunition and many improvised explosive devices he admitted were destined for Bangkok.</p> <p>The Samut Sakhon weapons cache was found in a room at the NCO dormitory on Suan Luang Road in Krathum Baen district, reports said. The room was in the name of Chantana Warakorn
  11. In most capital cities, waking up to images of armed soldiers, military vehicles and blockades on the streets — the result of an unexpected 3 a.m. announcement that the army has declared martial law — might be cause for alarm. But Bangkok isn’t your average city. via Soldiers, selfies and martial law: Thailand’s tourism industry suffers – CNN.com. View the full article
  12. A huge fire Tuesday night burnt down part of the 150-year-old floating market in Bang Pli district of Samut Prakan province. The fire at Talad Nam Boran floating market located by the Klong Samrong canal happened at about 9.30 p.m. after a cooking gas tank leaked and exploded. The wooden bridge which was built parallel to the canal caught fire and quickly raged to the wooden row shop houses. Residents started to flee from their homes when the fire spread quickly as strong wind help to fan it. More than 20 fire engines rushed to the scene but could not get access to the market due to its n
  13. BANGKOK—Thailand’s army chief will chair a meeting Wednesday between representatives from both sides of the country’s bitter political divide, a day after declaring martial law, a military spokeswoman said. General Prayut Chan-O-Cha called the meeting between top officials of the ruling and opposition parties as well as the election commission, the Senate and the heads of the pro- and anti-government protest camps at the Army Club in Bangkok at 1:30 p.m. (0630 GMT), the spokeswoman told Agence France-Presse. Caretaker Prime Minister Niwattumrong Boonsongpaisan, who replaced ousted premier Ying
  14. A top US diplomat said Tuesday the declaration of martial law by the Thai Army is allowed by the nation’s constitution and won’t trigger sanctions, AP reported. But he called for the early restitution of democracy and free and fair elections, according to American diplomat for East Asia, Daniel Russel. Under the U.S. law, sanctions kick in if a country receiving American military aid suffers a coup. Following Thailand’s last military coup in 2006, the U.S. froze military assistance for a year-and-a-half until democracy was restored, AP reported. It also reported from Washington that State De
  15. BANGKOK (AFP) – Some snatched selfies with armed soldiers but most passers-by barely blinked as troops and jeeps mounted with machine-guns took to Bangkok’s streets early on Tuesday, a peculiarly pragmatic Thai response to political upheaval. Traffic-halting marches, sandbagged bunkers and sporadic violence have become commonplace in a struggle lasting almost seven months to overthrow the government, leaving the majority of Bangkok residents broadly inured to the turmoil. Three soldiers wearing flak jackets and carrying machine guns stood by a military jeep at one downtown intersection early o
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