Thailand, where there's martial law and everything is back to normal. Monday, 26th May 2014 Source : Martin Kelly
Think you've had a bad day at work? Well, spare a thought for your colleagues in Thailand; † An endless one step forward, two steps back as their businesses are relentlessly wounded by events out of their control: floods, riots, demonstrations, and now martial law. † Yes, the army is in charge. And the army is not good for tourism. † Witness the accompanying image sent by the Tourism Authority of Thailand to media this week. Soldiers with guns and face paint on the march. It's not a good look. † Neither is the message from the poor old TAT, which should be promoting beaches and hill tribes, luxury resorts and some of the world's best food. † Instead, it says: "Following the declaration of martial law by the Royal Thai Army, which covers the entire Thailand, life in the kingdom continues as normal. † "According to the army statement, this is not a coup, but a mean to restore peace and order for people from all sides, and that the public should not panic and to live their lives as normal." † You'll notice that the TAT used the word "normal" a lot, even in relation to the anti-government demonstrations, which just shows how entrenched the chaos has become. † "All public transport and tourist attractions, including airports, tourist sites and shopping malls, are currently open and operating as normal.
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