27 May '14, 2pm

Thai junta shortens curfew to midnight until 4 am

Thai junta shortens curfew to midnight until 4 am

BANGKOK: Thailand's military junta announced on Tuesday that it was shortening a night-time curfew imposed after last week's military coup to midnight until 4am. Previously the curfew had been for 10pm until 5am. The new times will take effect from Wednesday. The relaxation came after state tourism officials reported a 20% fall in the number of visitors in recent days at a meeting with Admiral Narong Pipatanasai, commander of the Royal Thai Navy, who oversees tourism and social ministries. The military's curfew has hurt consumer spending, as shops, malls and gas stations were forced to close early. Amid early signs that normalcy is returning to the country, the military also said it is preparing an economic road map to bolster the battered economy after seven months of street unrest and outbursts of violence, which have hampered growth, consumer spending and investment. Th...

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