Google maps: Bangkok Dangerous: Street Battles May 2010
On the Google map, Richard Barrow wrote:
URGENT: Wednesday 19th May 1.30 p.m. - Red Shirt Leaders give their surrender speech and the red shirts leave the rally site at Ratchaprasong. But, this doesn't mean it is all over.
All banks, schools in Bangkok are closed. All MRT and BTS train services are closed until further notice. Most big shopping malls in central Bangkok are closed too.
We will update this map if and when things develop but the situation is really confusing now.
On his website, Richard Barrow (richardbarrow.com) wrote:The situation in Bangkok took a turn for the worse last night. It all started when the Thai Prime Minister cancelled the proposed elections for November and sent the army in to surround the Red protest site (see google map "Bangkok Dangerous"). If you study the map, you will see that the Red Zone covers a large area that includes Bangkok's main shopping district at Siam Square and Ratchaprasong. With the elections now cancelled, the Reds had nothing to lose. We are not sure yet exactly what happened last night.
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The situation at the moment is that all BTS skytrain stations and MRT underground stations in or near the Red Zone are closed today. All shopping malls in this area are also closed. The US, UK and Dutch Embassies are all closed today.
The Embassy of Canada to Thailand is also closed.
canadainternational.gc.ca wrote:Today, May 19, 2010, our Travel Report was updated to advise Canadians to avoid all travel to Bangkok. [...snip...] Due to the continuing violence in the immediate area of the Embassy of Canada, the Embassy remains temporarily closed to the public until further notice. The security situation remains dangerous in that area.
-excerpt from canadainternational.gc.ca - Canadians Should Avoid all Travel to Bangkok and Non-Essential Travel to Thailand