perhaps the ultimate Bangkok WTF: state of emergency declared

I woke up this morning to find that a state of emergency has been declared in Bangok, military is in charge of enforcing the state of emergency, because there were some deaths early this morning amongst the protesters.

The Nation reports

No news yet as to what this means? Curfew? No going out after 6pm?

Some protesters labor unions are striking, the buses are almost not running, they are threatening to cut off power and water to police stations and government office.

The construction workers still showed up to make noise renovating another condo on my floor, however.

2 Responses to “perhaps the ultimate Bangkok WTF: state of emergency declared”


  1. 2 julielavoie September 2, 2008 at 10:46 pm

    Thanks Allison! I will try my best.

    Thanks for the advisory. Most of the stuff in it is well-known if you live here — no one has really gown to the far South for years now, there are too many problems. The floods are ok — I was up North last week and the floods are over in the major cities — I think it might be more risky to recurr in remote rural areas — in the major cities the government cares a bit more (sadly but strategically, I guess) about protecting them.

    So far the areas to avoid are very specific — it’s the government areas around Banglanpoo, where I am, there are no protesters. I wonder what is happening to the backpackers on Kao San Road, who are very close to the protests.

    The main threat at the moment is that people have threatened to strike tomorrow and cut off power to the city, I don’t know if this will happen. Most people don’t seem to be very worried. There was a coup two years ago with almost no violence, so I guess people are kind of used to it. 😛


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