Pattaya, the 21st of May 2010 [PDN]: At approximately 8:15pm on Friday, Pattaya City Mayor Itthiphol Khunpluem along with police Colonel Natthawut Suwanla-ong (Pattaya Police Superintendent) and Colonel Surin Phaeto (Army 14 Deputy Commander at the Nawamintharachinee Camp in Chon-Buri) joined in announcing the cancellation of the government imposed curfew on Pattaya City. The press announcement was held at the beginning of Walking Street in South Pattaya, an area which had been significantly affected by the 9pm curfew.
Due to the curfew having severe ramifications for tourism and business in Pattaya, in particular the night traders, Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva replied immediately to the open letter regarding a cancellation of the regulations issued under Section 9 (1) of the Public Administration Royal act in Emergency Situation, BE 2548 issue 4. All regulations imposed in the act, primarily the 9pm to 5am curfew were then cancelled henceforth as of the 21st of May 2010.
The cancellation of the curfew saw all shops, convenience stores, bar, pubs and clubs resume trading into the night until their licensed closing times. Some bars and clubs did not open for trade last night as the announcement was made after 8pm, however, all businesses are expected to operate as usual from the 22nd of May 2010.
The Pattaya City Mayor praised the government’s quick action regarding the lifting of the curfew for Pattaya stating that the Center for the Resolution of the Emergency Situation (CRES) actions would benefit the local residents and tourists of Pattaya along with the Kingdom as a whole. Although very little disturbances have been evident in Pattaya, as a result of the Red Shirt protests, security personnel and police have been order to continue a strict policy of proactive patrols in order to monitor the situation carefully.
Police Colonel Suwanla-ong stated that 7 key checkpoints had been setup throughout the city who will stringently search for illegal items, weapons and or explosive devices whilst an immediate action response team had been created to deal with any potential situation that may occur. For any information regarding the ongoing political situation in regards to Pattaya or to report an incident, residents and tourists are urged to call the emergency 191 number or the Pattaya Information Center on 1337.
Following the public announcement of the cancellation of the curfew, the Pattaya City Mayor, Pattaya Police Superintendent and various other members of the Pattaya Congress conducted a ‘meet & greet’ along Walking Street much to the adoration and raucous cheers of the bar owners, staff and merry tourists.