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Posted: 20 May 2014 | 8:11 am

Thailand's army has imposed martial law on the country this morning.

Talk about waking up in the wrong side of the bed.

While the Royal Thai Army has insisted there is no military coup, the action is meant to address increasing violence in the political stalemate which has continued for month.

The proclamation covers all of Thailand including Phuket.

For the country's battered and bruise tourism sector the development is a strong negative especially for the lucrative MICE market.

Whether this is the beginning of the end or the end of the beginning this new shift looks to have profound amplification of Thailand's challenges across the globe.

Most likely a short-lived precursor to the announcement of a solution thrashed out behind closed-doors. The word is that all parties have reached an agreement... we'll see.
Grenville Fordham, 20 May 2014 | 9:05 am
We drove to Don Muaeng Airport this morning from Sukhumvit. Traffic was normal. People seemed completely normal. The only difference was that we saw a small tank with a few soldiers standing next to it fairly near the airport and one other spot with a few soldiers.
Richard Cohen, 20 May 2014 | 8:59 am

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