Kudeta (?) Thailand

Berhubungan dengan situasi yang terjadi kemarin 22 May 2014 di Thailand, kudeta dilaksanakan militer dengan mengambil alih pemerintahan setelah kisruh politik selama tujuh bulan tak kunjung berakhir.

"Untuk mengembalikan negara ke kondisi normal dengan cepat, Komite Penjaga Perdamaian Nasional yang terdiri atas Angkatan Darat, Angkatan Udara, dan kepolisian Thailand mengambil alih kekuasaan pada 22 Mei 2014 pukul 16.30," kata Jenderal Prayut Chan-O-Chan.

Pernyataan kudeta ini hanya berselang dua hari setelah militer menyatakan kondisi darurat militer di Thailand. Namun, saat itu militer menegaskan keadaan darurat itu bukanlah sebuah kudeta.

Saat kondisi darurat diumumkan, ribuan tentara didukung persenjataan dan kendaraan tempur disebar ke lokasi-lokasi vital, seperti pusat-pusat perekonomian, stasiun televisi, dan kawasan-kawasan perhotelan.

(http://internasional.kompas.com/read/2014/05/22/172640 /Militer.Thailand.Umumkan.Kudeta)

Dan inilah update terbaru hari ini , Jumat 23 Mei
1) Nationwide Curfew - 10pm to 5am, until further notice.
2) Airports operating as usual, but tourists to have your passport and travel documents with you at all times. TAT have set up booths to assist tourists. Tourist who needs to travel to airport during curfew hours are allowed. Please have an allowance of 4 hours if you going to airports.
3) BTS stop operations at 9pm and MRT at 8pm.
4) Shopping Centres close at 8pm.
5) 7-11 will close during curfew hours.
6) If you have difficulty getting taxis, try Uber or GrabTaxi (available for download at Appstore or Playstore). They will use meters.
7) Protestors have dispersed from rally sites
8) As seen, Bangkok will only be operational during the day and from 8pm, everything closes. So it is up to you if you want to continue your travel plans or to cancel the trip.
9) For tourists who are travelling to Bangkok in June/July, my advice now is to monitor the situation closely.
10) In the meantime, tourists can contact the following numbers for information and assistance
  • TAT Call Centre 1672
  • Tourist Police Call Centre 1155
  • AOT (Suvarnabhumi Airport) Call Centre 1722
  • Suvarnabhumi Airport Operation Centre (temporary) +66 (0) 2132 9950 or 2
  • Don Mueang Airport Call Centre +66 (0) 2535 3861, (0) 2535 3863
  • Thai AirAsia Call Centre +66 (0) 2515 9999
Life goes on as normal today in Bangkok
Locals going to work, having lunch outside and tourists shopping at MBK, etc. For those who are in Bangkok / Thailand, don't forget to get back to your accommodation by 10pm.

Bangkok is a large city and so it is possible for local residents and international visitors to avoid the demonstration sites and rally routes. Traffic in the most parts of Bangkok is moving normally as almost all roads and expressways are not affected by the demonstrations.

All major tourist attractions in the Thai capital, including the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, the Grand Palace and the Temple of Dawn, are open normally.

Tourists can visit all attractions using the usual means of transport, including buses, vans and car transfers by tour companies, taxis, the Skytrain, the subway or the boat and ferry service.Tourists are advised to be vigilant and avoid rally sites and demonstration marches, as well as areas where crowds may gather. This is because there may be traffic disruptions or delays and thus causing inconvenience.

Businesses, including banks, petrol and gas stations, hotels, spas, restaurants, entertainment venues, cinemas, convention centers, shopping malls, superstores, convenient stores, pharmacies, hospitals and the like are open and operating as per normal. Telephone both landline and mobile and Internet services are available 24/7 as per normal.

All airports in Bangkok and throughout Thailand are open and operating as per normal.
  • "I took Skytrain from Nana to Chongnonsi like every day. The situation is calm & no signs of military"
  • "In Bangkok, public transport is operating as normal today. There is no restriction of movement. But make sure you are home ( or hotel )by 10pm curfew. 
  • " @GrabTaxiTH: Pls try GrabTaxi app- our awesome drivers still on duty and must use meters! Tweet or call 027845559 for any help"
  • " Chatuchak Market will be open this weekend? => Yes, I'm sure it will be open"
  • " About five soldiers under Ratchathewi BTS today - only ones I saw around Silom and Siam"
  • "I walked around the shopping district in Bangkok this afternoon as I was hoping to get a pic of soldiers. But I couldn't find any " 
( tweet from https://twitter.com/RichardBarrow. Follow him for latest info ! )