State of emergency in Thailand

Protesters break into Parliament compound


A state of emergency has been declared in Bangkok. On Wednesday, anti-government protesters broke into Thailand’s Parliament building, forcing top government officials to flee by helicopter. This follows weeks of demonstrations by the “Red Shirts,” a protest group that draws heavily from the urban and rural poor—and that is likely financed by Thaksin Shinawatra, the former prime minister who was ousted in a 2006 coup. “The Red Shirts were very crazy and yelling. We didn’t know whether they would use violence,” said one Thai police sergeant. Mr. Thaksin’s supporters are demanding that prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva resign; it is believed that if an election were to be held today, Thaksin’s party would form a majority government. The state of emergency allows the military to suspend a number of civil liberties.

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State of emergency in Thailand

  1. Is anyone in BKK that can tell me if it looks ok to take a trip. I am scheduled to arrive next week. Thanks!

  2. I was there when protesters shut down the ASEAN summit in April 2009. I'm not there now, and things may have escalated, but if you make sure to avoid protests, the country is really safe and an amazing place to be. Definitely go.

  3. planning to c bkk but worried with the on going protests ….is it safe fr tourists….pls any one from bkk ….?

  4. tourist spots should be kept away from these agitations …which r sponsered by others and should be peacefull…

  5. I'm in BKK right now, staying just near Asok BTS

    Currently there is little police presence, but big convoys of redshirts are travelling up and down Sukhumwit at speed with horns blaring and blowing whistles ….

    It's not worrying me at all – a great sight if you can find a bar overlooking the action

  6. Does anyone think that its safe to travel in bangkok? My flight is on may do you think state of emergency is already finish?

  7. hi guys is it safe to travel in bangkok and krabi ? have planned my holiday in may 1st week and is state of emergency finish? are flights operating normal?

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