Saturday, June 14, 2014

Thailand: Curfew Lifted in All Provinces Except Bangkok, Where the Junta Perceives Volatility

According to The Associated Press, Thailand's military government announced that it has fully lifted a nationwide curfew, with the exception of Bangkok, it imposed after seizing power last month, saying there is no threat of violence and that tourism needs to be revitalized.

Political protests and criticism of the coup, however, remain banned by the junta, which said a return to elected civilian rule cannot be expected for at least 15 months.

The curfew had earlier been reduced to four hours from seven hours, and had been lifted in several resort areas popular with tourists after complaints from the tourism industry over the financial impact the curfew was causing.

COMMENT: It should be noted that the curfew remains to be in effect in the capital of Bangkok, given its political volatility. 

General Prayuth told civil servants earlier Friday (June 13) that a temporary constitution would be drafted and an interim government installed in about three months, in his most specific timeline yet on a possible transfer of power after the coup. 

Activist Sombat Boonngamanong has been held without charges since his arrest June 5, but has been informed that under martial law he faces up to 14 years in prison on possible charges of inciting unrest, violating cyber laws and defying the junta's orders.