No-go areas in Bangkok announced

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ShutdownBangkok’s police have announced the no-go areas in the city under the emergency decree on January 24, further stoking tensions between authorities and anti-government protesters.

Individuals and groups – unless they obtain special permission – are now banned to enter more than a dozen of government offices and government-related company buildings such as the telecom headquarters. Furthermore, 25 road sections and one bridge have been declared off-limits.

The restricted building premises are Government House, parliament, the interior ministry, Chaeng Wattana government complex, Cat Telecom Company on Chaeng Wattana Road, TOT Plc, Thaicom satellite station and its ground service office, Aeronautical Radio of Thailand Ltd, the Police Club, state enterprises, local administration organisations and other state agencies.

Among the roads and intersections under the emergency decree are many crucial areas in downtown Bangkok as well as the important tourist area on Lower Sukhumvit between Nana and Asok.

In a second notice, police said people are prohibited from carrying weapons or objects that can be used as weapons in the restricted areas.

Thailand’s lucrative tourism sector may stagnate in 2014 if the latest round of protests turns more violent or drags on beyond the first quarter, say state and private agencies.

The Tourism Council of Thailand has raised its estimates and said that the country will lose some $681 million during the first three months of 2014 if the situation does not improve. Since the start of 2014, the number of foreign arrivals at Bangkok’s two airports has dropped 5 per cent from the same period last year, the council said.

The tourist arrival target for 2014 has been revised by 5 per cent down  to 26.7 million, the same level as for 2013.

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Bangkok’s police have announced the no-go areas in the city under the emergency decree on January 24, further stoking tensions between authorities and anti-government protesters.

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ShutdownBangkok’s police have announced the no-go areas in the city under the emergency decree on January 24, further stoking tensions between authorities and anti-government protesters.

Individuals and groups – unless they obtain special permission – are now banned to enter more than a dozen of government offices and government-related company buildings such as the telecom headquarters. Furthermore, 25 road sections and one bridge have been declared off-limits.

The restricted building premises are Government House, parliament, the interior ministry, Chaeng Wattana government complex, Cat Telecom Company on Chaeng Wattana Road, TOT Plc, Thaicom satellite station and its ground service office, Aeronautical Radio of Thailand Ltd, the Police Club, state enterprises, local administration organisations and other state agencies.

Among the roads and intersections under the emergency decree are many crucial areas in downtown Bangkok as well as the important tourist area on Lower Sukhumvit between Nana and Asok.

In a second notice, police said people are prohibited from carrying weapons or objects that can be used as weapons in the restricted areas.

Thailand’s lucrative tourism sector may stagnate in 2014 if the latest round of protests turns more violent or drags on beyond the first quarter, say state and private agencies.

The Tourism Council of Thailand has raised its estimates and said that the country will lose some $681 million during the first three months of 2014 if the situation does not improve. Since the start of 2014, the number of foreign arrivals at Bangkok’s two airports has dropped 5 per cent from the same period last year, the council said.

The tourist arrival target for 2014 has been revised by 5 per cent down  to 26.7 million, the same level as for 2013.

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