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Monday, 1 January 2007

Excessive Fireworks

Filed under: Thailand — Jan @ 19:44

Every year there’s lots of fireworks on New Year’s Eve everywhere in Thailand. This year (or should I say: last year), a number of people set off a different kind of fireworks as several bombs went off in Bangkok last evening. Subsequently, many countdown events were canceled.

We had a barbecue at our house last night. We didn’t notice anything had happened. I only found out when I saw the front page of today’s paper. I don’t have any more information than what you can see on the international news channels. The government (Thailand now has an interim civilian government appointed by the military) blames the blasts on “people who lost power”, i.e. members of the government that was ousted in the coup. But without any evidence, that sounds like a cheap shot to me.

Everything appears to be calm now. Some countries have issued travel warnings, but I don’t see any reasons to cancel any vacation you may have planned. Martial law is still in effect in the capital, so you should avoid all kinds of demonstrations or political gatherings. You should also avoid traveling to the Deep South (near the border area with Malaysia), as that area has been suffering a lot of violence for quite some time.

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