Thai junta might ease curfew during World Cup

Thai soldiers secure an are on a skywalk at Victory monument on June 5, 2014 in Bangkok. -- PHOTO: AFP
Thai soldiers secure an are on a skywalk at Victory monument on June 5, 2014 in Bangkok. -- PHOTO: AFP

BANGKOK (THE NATIONA/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - The Thai junta is mulling whether to ease curfew hours for the World Cup tournament which kicks off next week.

The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) spokesman Colonel Winthai Suvari said the junta tried to adjust the curfew hours with the current situation but its main concern was security.

"The curfew helps people to go home early and spend more time with their family. You can watch the World Cup at home. We think the time (for the curfew) is suitable. However, we are ready to review it if the situation eases," he said.

The NCPO imposed a 10pm-5am curfew over the entire country when it seized power on May 22, but later eased the curfew hours to midnight till 4am. Pattaya, Samui, and Phuket were later released from the curfew.

The World Cup will start on June 12 and run until July 13.

Mr Winthai also said the NCPO was looking at easing curfew hours in more tourist spots.