Date
12 December 2017
Soldiers take up positions at a road intersection in Bangkok's shopping district Tuesday. Photo: Reuters
Soldiers take up positions at a road intersection in Bangkok's shopping district Tuesday. Photo: Reuters

Business as usual in Bangkok after martial law imposed

Life in Bangkok appears business as usual after the army imposed martial law nationwide, RTHK reported Tuesday, quoting Roger Wu Wai-chung, a Hong Kong citizen living in the capital.

“The tourist sites are open as usual, but military vehicles and soldiers are patrolling the streets,” Wu was quoted as saying.

Thailand’s army declared martial law to restore order after six months of street protests that have left the country without a properly functioning government, but denied that it was staging a coup.

Wu said he was “surprised” by the announcement as the situation did not look chaotic at all.

There are 500 Hong Kong tourists in Thailand at the moment, and all of them are safe, while another 100 tourists are set to visit the country as planned, according to a senior official of the Travel Industry Council of Hong Kong.

Local travel agents told the council that the situation in the capital was “peaceful”, and that martial law was imposed in order to restore order, the report said.

The Hong Kong government said Tuesday it would keep the travel alert for Bangkok at the lowest amber, after it was lowered from the most severe level of black in March.

“We would keep the situation under close review,” a government spokesperson said, adding that it would not rule out the possibility of raising the travel alert.

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