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Living under Martial Law in Thailand

So we all wake up the other day to the announcement that they have installed martial law and in a few hours the whole country is supposed to be on lock down as the military enforce a curfew from 10 pm until 5 am. You can bet that one of the most search documents the other day was the Martial Law document from the Thai Law Forum.

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It is the unofficial translation or so it claims but take a quick look at it because it's really funny. It basically says that the Military have the power to kick you out of your home, burn it down, level the place and occupy the space for any infinite amount of time that they seem fit! In fact the way it sounds they could probably bring you back and force you to dig a 100 foot wide 50 feet wide trench around the property...by yourself.


Relax! I don't see this any different than when they stop selling alcohol. It's not the first time this has happened either I've been here for the last one and curfews before that, a night in is hardly a hassle for me at least. Is it really for you?

Hey maybe i'm wrong and tomorrow i wake up and have to pack sand backs and eat my words.

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17 Responses to Living under Martial Law in Thailand

  1. stevemc May 22, 2014 at 8:49 pm #

    Well, it has impact on me. the normal program on my true Vision satellite tv has been replaced by a message from the National Peace and order Maintaining Council. So no TV tonight.

  2. james May 22, 2014 at 8:50 pm #

    Thaksin’s other sister will soon be prime minister and we can do all this again…..

    • CB May 22, 2014 at 9:42 pm #

      The youngest is liked, smart, and doesn’t get along well with the other two. Do you know something we don’t?

      Also, this country is not been torn down by an unnamed hasbeen nation, overthrown by a Kenyan dictator, who has is feet on our Resolute desk, all in the name of his moon god and ancestral demons.

      Why are American’s always pointing boney fingers? Aren’t you afraid you’ll get bengazied?

  3. james May 22, 2014 at 8:52 pm #

    Cue Benny Hill music….

  4. Bob May 22, 2014 at 8:58 pm #

    Bugger me,

    In Krabi the bars are shut and is Tesco already shut.

    Normally stays open until 10:00pm.

  5. Bob May 22, 2014 at 10:00 pm #

    Krabi: Just went out to get a couple of beers.

    Now we have empty roads and police cars with flashing red lights……..

    7/11 and Family Mart still open though.

  6. Gringo Bush Pilot May 22, 2014 at 10:03 pm #

    This is my third Thai coup. Coup d’etat is as Thai as Tom Yum Goong.

  7. KennyN May 22, 2014 at 10:21 pm #

    In Chiang Mai here… I can only see the curfew and the military presence having a NEGATIVE effect. The people outside of Bangkok are pretty simple people… Now all the people who work in the markets, or who buy their products, or ship them around during the night time can not do business. All of the late night dinner thai restaruants are closed… And for what? There has never been a problem here…. The military presence will cause one though! Its literally almost like they are asking for trouble… Causing drama is all it is.

    • Bob May 22, 2014 at 10:30 pm #

      Chiang Mai is a Shin stronghold….

      The guys down here reckon this is a one night “flashing of swords” and that we’ll be back to normal tomorrow.

      Hope so, this is the first time I have seen this level of “compliance” out in the sticks. No traffic at all on the streets, quite nice I suppose, no noise….

      Wonder if the overnight buses are running out of Bangkok?

    • KennyN May 22, 2014 at 10:32 pm #

      Also, shutting off the TV programming? Now what are people supposed to do? They cant go out and eat, drink or whatever, so they are stuck at home… Most Thai people dont pay for internet at home, they just watch TV… So they shut off the TV… How does this make any sense? At least play the news!!! Even if it is state run!

      • Bob May 22, 2014 at 11:00 pm #

        In spite of appearances, Thai “leaders” still live in the third world.

  8. Chris May 22, 2014 at 10:46 pm #

    I rarely watch tv if ever. Every year its the same stuff. Kind of like the coup. Same stuff different date.

    • KennyN May 23, 2014 at 12:14 am #

      Yea, I dont watch any TV either, but I know how the Thai’s love their soaps!

  9. Mike May 23, 2014 at 12:03 am #

    it’s a good thing they did n’t wait 3 weeks .. there would be trouble if they shut down the Tv during the World cup !
    I’ve never heard BKK so quiet as it is now. A few buses and taxis still running on sukhumvit.

  10. john May 23, 2014 at 12:39 pm #

    it is hard to say how it effects the people there,as we are in aus.i was getting ready to book a hotel and flights, but the misses says hang on a while.i hope it is settled soon for the sake of the people who makes their living from tourism.buy a video player and that will fix the TV. problem.cheers
    john from aus.

    all the best Chris

    • Chris May 23, 2014 at 4:11 pm #

      Coming here on vacation…yeah i wouldn’t right now since everything is closed at night, it won’t last long though.

  11. Snook June 5, 2014 at 8:05 pm #

    previous imposition of curfew from 10 pm to 5 am has been changed to 12 a.m until 4 a.m. I am a singer in one of the hotels here in Bangkok but the advice was it’s ok to be late on the road as long as you have documented papers or relevant visas to show off once you’ve happen to be asked through the checkpoints.or stay away from where there’s a lot of rallies or crowded people that for sure they have no mercy of taking you to the precinct and be jailed for a night.

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