CRES Imposes Curfew in Bangkok

The Centre for the Resolution of Emergency Situation (CRES) on Wednesday imposed a curfew across the capital following arson attacks in downtown Bangkok and several areas after anti-government red shirt key leaders surrendered to police.

The curfew has been imposed on Wednesday from 8pm through Thursday 6am. People are banned from leaving their places during the stated time without permission from authorities.

The curfew will allow security forces to control the situation and separate innocent people from rogue protesters, Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwon said.

The imposition of curfew came as several areas of Bangkok including downtown are under arson attacks by protesters who do not accept the surrender of their leaders and the end of protest at Ratchaprasong rally site and other rioters.

Rioters set fires at a section of the Thai stock exchange, several banks, the Metropolitan Electricity Authority office, the high-end Central World shopping mall and a cinema complex as well as several other buildings.

Minister to the Prime Minister’s Office Sathit Wongnongtoey told a news conference describing the chaos as anticipated “aftershocks” by angry protesters.

Earlier, CRES, in a nationally televised address, said the situation is now under control and the troops ended security operation after Jatuporn Prompan, Natthawut saikua and other top leaders surrendered to police.

However, immediately after CRES live broadcast, disgruntled protesters set afire downtown Bangkok.

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