The situation at Bangkok is getting ‘warmer’ today despite the soothing rain last night. It is because the tick-tack time countdown approaching Friday-Sunday (March 12-14) red-shirts rally at Bangkok. Nobody knows what is going to happen next and many are nervous following the news that some 6,000 weapons (rifles and explosives) were stolen last week from army warehouse in the South. Those guns can be anywhere now. I got this e-mail from a friend which is a warning from his company and I thought it’s worth to share with all of you brothers and sisters, here in this posting. Keep anticipating, no need to panic, and stay calm as Thai people say: “sabai sabai….”
With regard to the upcoming mass rally called by the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship between Friday March 12 to March 14, 2010, please be aware that there are chances of unrest and disruption to transportation and other public services during the period.
The United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship has announced that it will organize a mass rally which will stretch from Sanam Luang to the Equestrian Statue of King Rama V, and the protest operation centre will be at Phanfa Leelad Bridge on Ratchadamnoen Klang road. They claim one million supporters will rally on March 14, launching a final showdown to topple the Abhisit government.
For the Bangkok rally on March 14, UDD members and Thaksin supporters are expected to go to several assembly points. The central point for the Northern provinces has been set in Nakhon Sawan while those from the Northeast will meet in Saraburi and Nakhon Ratchasima on March 12. People from central provinces and the South will move according to their own plans. The supporters are then expected to converge at designated assembly points (see graphic below) in Bangkok from Friday, March 12 onwards to join the rally in the city.
The cabinet has agreed that the Internal Security Act (ISA) should be enforced in Bangkok from March 11 to 23. The ISA would also take effect in Nonthaburi and some districts of Ayutthaya, Chachoengsao, Nakhon Pathom, Pathum Thani, Samut Prakan and Samut Sakhon. In conjunction with the ISA, enforcement of several special laws such as disaster relief, civil defense and emergency medical services provide added legal measures to deal with any emergency situation that may arise.
In view of the prevailing situation all Siemens employees are, requested to take absolute precaution with the following note;
- Avoid visiting areas around Phan-Fa Bridge, Ratchdamneon Avenue, Sanam Luang, the Democracy Monument, the Royal Plaza and other designated assembly points in the city as shown in the graphic above.
- Follow local media reports and news to update yourself with the pertaining situation in these areas and the city.
- Avoid clothing which may reflect the colors of any political alignment, especially when protest rallies are organized.
- Try not to express your personal feelings of anger / dissatisfaction or support / affiliation towards mass protests and rallies when you are in public.
- Keep emergency contact numbers with you at all times in case you need any assistance.
- If your department has visitors, please advise them of the pertaining situation and on their sight-seeing plans, if any.
- The Emergency Response Committee (ERC) and Quality Management department will closely monitor the developments and will communicate the situation accordingly.