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Thais rush home to make new curfew

Thursday, May 22, 2014 - 01:57

May 22 - Hours after General Prayuth Chan-ocha took control of Thailand, locals as well as tourists found themselves scrambling to make a newly imposed curfew. Deborah Gembara reports.

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Nightfall in Bangkok saw locals packing up their stands and negotiating heavier then usual traffic to try and get home in time to make curfew. Some opted for the Skytrain, while others took their chances with tuktuks, which were in great demand. The curfew --- which went into affect at 10pm an ends at 5am---was just one change locals were getting used to after days of upheaval, martial law, and the announcement earlier in the day that the army chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha was taking over. His soldiers blocked off the roads leading to a popular rallying site for protesters, and ordered former cabinet members report to an army base north of the capital. Plans were also made to handle stragglers and tourists---who for the most part, didn't appear too bothered. SOUNDBITE: INDIAN TOURIST, YOQISH MACCYA, SAYING: "For last four days we have been having a very nice time as travelers and we never faced any problem, anywhere." BORWORNPHOP Soontornlekha is a Lieutenant Colonel with the Thai Tourism police. LIEUTENANT COLONEL BORWORNPHOP SOONTORNLEKHA, "Police are on the lookout for foreigners who may not have heard about what happened. Transportation is scarce right now, but we are prepared to bring them back to their hotels." Outside of Thailand however, reaction to the changes wasn't t nearly as accommodating. SOUNDBITE) (English) STEPHANE DUJARRIC, UNITED NATIONS SPOKESMAN, SAYING: "The Secretary-General is seriously concerned by the military takeover in Thailand today. He appeals for a prompt return to constitutional, civilian, democratic rule and an all-inclusive dialogue that will pave the way for long-term peace and prosperity in Thailand. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called the coup unjustified as Washington announced it is reviewing its aid to Thailand.

Thais rush home to make new curfew

Thursday, May 22, 2014 - 01:57

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