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  • Thai Curfew: Emergency decrees

    The Department of State has canceled the May 27, 2010, Travel Warning for Thailand due to improvements in safety and security conditions throughout the country. The Thai government ended the nightly curfew May 29, 2010. On July 6, 2010, the Thai Government renewed the emergency decree powers in 19 provinces but ended the emergency decree powers in 5 provinces.
    This message reminds U.S. citizens that emergency decree powers remain in effect in the following provinces:
    * Bangkok metropolitan area
    * Ayutthaya
    * Chaiyaphum
    * Chiang Mai
    * Chiang Rai
    * Chon Buri
    * Khon Kaen
    * Lampang
    * Maha Sarakham
    * Mukdahan
    * Nakhon Ratchasima
    * Non Bua Lamphu
    * Nonthaburi
    * Pathum Thani
    * Roi-Et
    * Sakon Nakhon
    * Samut Prakan
    * Ubon Ratchathani
    * Udon Thani

    Emergency decree powers give the police and military increased powers to maintain public order. Specifically, security forces have the authority to:

    * prohibit gatherings of more than five people; * prohibit distribution of media or publications deemed to affect security or public order; * prohibit or limit the use of vehicles or particular routes; and * evacuate buildings or areas or prohibit entry into them.

    You might encounter security forces personnel at roadblocks or other security checkpoints. If you do, you should obey all instructions from them. Be sure to carry identification and proof of your U.S. citizenship at all times to present if asked by authorities.

    There were numerous incidents of explosive attacks, including several isolated grenade and arson attacks, in and around Bangkok and Chiang Mai over the past three months. Additional explosive devices were discovered before detonation. Some of these incidents occurred at or near areas frequented by U.S. citizens. These incidents appear to be motivated by domestic politics and do not appear to be acts of international terrorism. The possibility of more such attacks cannot be ruled out. You should exercise caution and vigilance at all times. Immediately report to law enforcement or security personnel any unattended packages or bags or suspicious objects in public areas. Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possibly escalate into violence with little or no warning. You should avoid areas that may be targeted for demonstrations and exercise caution if within the vicinity of any demonstrations or large gatherings. You should monitor local media to keep updated with the latest information of demonstrations and areas to avoid.
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