Thai prime minister Somchai Wongsawat today alerted people in the capital city to avoid crowded public places citing advice from security forces of likely bomb attacks linked to the current political uncertainty.
According to the prime minister, police have cautioned against bomb blasts at several places in Bangkok this month following the arrest of a number of people in possession of explosives in recent days.
The warning comes as thousands of Thais and foreign tourists are expected to congregate tomorrow night on the banks of the Chao Phraya river flowing through Bangkok to celebrate the annual full moon Loy Krathong religious festival.
Tens of thousands of people will also gather to observe the elaborate week-long royal cremation ceremony for the Thai King’s elder sister starting this weekend.
In recent days, attacks by small explosives have targeted members of the anti-government People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) who have been forcibly occupying the prime minister’s Office for the past two months, demanding the government’s resignation.
Three PAD members were injured in a bomb attack early today.
Political tensions have risen sharply in Thailand following a telephonic speech from abroad by coup-ousted former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra to tens of thousands of his supporters in Bangkok early this month.
News reports yesterday said Thaksin, who was living in self-exile in England since his ouster by the armed forces two-years ago, had his British visa revoked and is now planning to challenge his political foes, have given rise apprehension of growing political violence.