Bangkok – New protests are to be expected

News   •   Jan 08, 2014 08:28 UTC

As Thailand is getting closer to the announced election date set at 2nd February 2014, anti-government protesters have announced a “Bangkok shutdown” day starting the 13th January 2014.

Information from the formal spokespersons of the anti-government protesters, states that road closures are planned throughout Bangkok and currently 7 intersections has been declared targets for closure. At the same time the formal announcement from the protesters is that public transport, MRT, BTS  and Suvarnabhumi airport will not be targeted.

Already throughout this week there are a number of marches through Bangkok taking place and further are planned. There has been no reports of major violence or any injuries, however there are traffic obstructions and congestion.

Although the marches have been peaceful so far this week, the situation can change without warning. It’s advised to closely monitor official sources, of some are listed below, frequently and regularly. It’s also recommended to plan for long extra commuting and transport time if needed to travel to / from or through Bangkok at this time. You should also take into consideration that it is not known at this time how long the road closure actions from the protesters will be for. Traffic congestion should be considered and expected during this time.

Important links

British Foreign & Commonwealth Office Travel Advice - Thailand

Bangkok Post - English daily newspaper in Thailand

The Nation News - Twitter feed with continuous reporting from the protest situation