With the supporters of former Thai prime minister now occupying several areas of Bangkok, it now highly likely the Thai government will enforce a state of emergency, on top of the existing Internal Security Decree (ISD).
ISD expands the power of the military and allows it to help the police carry out law and order.
Among the places for non-partisan individuals to avoid are Ratchamnoen Nok, Vibhadi Rangsit Road, Rama 9 Road, Samsen Road, Victory Monument, Rama IV, Silom Road and Rajdamri Road.
As the so-called “Red Shirts” do not appear to be vacating the capital city anytime soon, Monday, March 15, 2010 may probably be declared a public holiday.
Meanwhile, the authorities have been urging residents and visitors not to add to the congestion already experienced in several areas and stay in their homes or hotels. If they do have to go out, they should take the Skytrain (BTS) and subway, they are counselled.
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Margie T Logarta