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TEBA: Bangkok Shutdown – 14 January 2014

TEBA: Bangkok Shutdown – 14 January 2014

While Emergency degree is not necessitated, CAPO 3rd announcement late night of 14 January 2014 that suspected protesters are forbidden to commute on 12 roads

Following information is only for business security-alert purposes and not to be treated as political viewpoints.

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TEBA Summary:

  • While Emergency degree is not necessitated, CAPO 3rd announcement late night of 14 January 2014 that suspected protesters are forbidden to commute on 12 roads: Silom, Rama 4, Rachadamri, Ploenchit, Rama 1, Payathai, Rachadapisek, Sukhumvit, Rachavithi, Paholyothin, Cheang Wattana, Rama 8 Bridge. Also within 50 meter radius of the Energy Complex Building (Ministry of Energy)
  • Many businesses including Banks, Shopping Malls, Schools and Taxi operators announced early closure due to security reason.
  • Election Commission announced and submitted letter requesting for election delay. PDSC refused delay proposal. While the care taking government will not resign and has invited 70 various stakeholders to discuss potential delaying the election to May.
  • Some supporters from government agencies and state enterprises for the protest.
  • It is still remain unclear how it will end but the shutdown is highly likely to remain for at least 3 days.

Actual Activities as it happened:

  • 26 Schools in Bangkok near protest sites are closed between 14-16 January 2014.
  • A total of 35 commercial bank branches in the capital have been temporarily closed since the first day of the Bangkok Shutdown on Monday, while another 99 branches will close earlier on Tuesday, according to the Bank of Thailand (BoT).
  • The United States on Monday urged ally Thailand to find a peaceful way to resolve deep differences as it applauded restraint shown so far by authorities faced with major protests.
  • Shopping centres and food outlets near major protest landmarks enjoyed brisk business on the first day of the Bangkok shutdown.
  • The anti-government protesters of the People’s Democratic Reform Committee on Tuesday morning surrounded the Customs Department in Khlong Toey district, NBT reported.
  • Caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra held a meeting with some senior government officials and some caretaker Cabinet members at the Permanent Secretariat of the Defence Ministry to discuss the current political situation.
  • Taxi Union announced approximately 20,000 taxis stopped operating due to safety reasons and lack of customers
  • Stock Exchange of Thailand is to be targeted by PDSC tomorrow (15 January), peacefully.
  • A protest leader at the Ratchaprasong Intersection threatened to enter and “have lunch” at nearby Royal Thai Police headquarters.
  • The government will invite about 70 people representing all stakeholders to a meeting tomorrow to discuss the Election Commission’s request the government consider postponing the general election now set for Feb 2, caretaker Deputy Prime Minister Pongthep Thepkanchana said on Tuesday.
  • A bomb was thrown into the residence of former Democrat MP from Samut Songkhram, Rangsima Rodrasamee Monday night, but no one was injured, she said.
  • Some 1,000 protesters led by the Students and People Network for Thailand’s Reform (STR) forced some 100 officials of the Office of the National Economic and Social Development Board to stop working Tuesday.
  • The Democrat Party appears to back the proposal by 25 private organisations for the issuing of an executive decree that would see the setting up of a reform committee, Nipit Intarasombat deputy Democrat Party leader said on Tuesday.
  • Siam Paragon, Siam Center and Siam Discovery announced Tuesday that they would close doors at 6pm.
  • Suthep Thaugsuban, secretary-general of the People’s Democratic Reform Committee, Tuesday threatened to capture five caretaker Cabinet members.
  • BTS and MRT reported more commuters today than the first day of Bangkok Shutdown
  • Thai Airways International’s ticketing services at its head office and at the Government Complex on Chaeng Wattana Road remain closed on Tuesday, January 14.
  • Senior Army officers in charge of monitoring the Bangkok Shutdown protests held a meeting Tuesday morning and were happy that no violence happened on the first day of the protests, Army Secretary Maj Gen Pollaphat Wannaphat said.
  • Protesters led by the People’s Democratic Reform Committee rallied outside the Land Transport Department head office Tuesday and their representatives were allowed to check the compound.
  • The Election Commission should join in tomorrow’s discussion on whether to postpone the election since it is the agency which proposed the deferment, caretaker Deputy Prime Minister Pongthep Thepkanchana said on Tuesday.
  • The Election Commission resolved Tuesday to not attend a meeting on the proposal to postpone the February 2 election, EC commissioner Somchai Srisuthiyakorn said.
  • Provincial halls and other state offices in nine southern provinces have been shut down by anti-government protesters since the first day of Bangkok shutdown on Monday, reports said.
  • Passport service by the Foreign Minister is still available only in Bangna and Plinklao offices since the headquarter of the Consul Department was shut down due to the protest, spokesman Sek Wannamethee said Tuesday.

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