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Thailand’s political crisis continues, even after anti-government protesters on 2 March ended their six-week occupation of several major intersections in central Bangkok. Protesters in the city now are concentrated in Lumphini Park, near Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s offices in Government House and on a stretch of road leading to an administrative complex in northern Bangkok.
In late February, murky shooting and low-grade bombing attacks had been occurring on an almost nightly basis near Bangkok protest sites. Those attacks now will lessen, but probably not cease.
Opposition leaders increasingly are putting their faith in multiple corruption and abuse-of-power investigations against Yingluck. Yet the potential for serious street violence in Bangkok remains.
Personnel should visit Bangkok and the rest of Thailand only on pressing business. Those who must be on the ground should monitor the situation closely, and avoid protest sites. They should seek indoor shelter immediately if violence erupts nearby. Companies with offices or other facilities in the country should review, and if necessary update, contingency plans for unrest.