#AceWorldNews – BANGKOK – June 04 – Thailand’s ruling military council on Tuesday lifted a curfew in some tourist areas, including the popular beach resorts of Pattaya and Phuket.
(The military imposed a nationwide curfew, currently running from midnight to 4am, after it seized power in a coup on May 22, Reuters reported)
It will be lifted in Pattaya, Chonburi, Samui, Surat Thani and Phuket “to counter any impact it may have on the tourism industry,” the council said in a televised statement.
It failed to mention the capital, Bangkok, in the measure.
After it seized power, the army detained senior politicians for days, saying stability had to be restored.
Small demonstrations against the coup have taken place almost daily in Bangkok, despite the heavy military presence in the city.
(VOA) Thailand’s military is threatening to arrest those using a three-fingered salute from “The Hunger Games” movies to express opposition to last month’s coup.
Coup leaders have severely restricted freedom of expression and enforced a ban on gatherings of more than five people since taking power on May 22.
Last week army chief Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha announced that elections would not be held for more than a year, to allow time for political reconciliation and reform.