Fri 23 May 2014
Filed under: News,On The Border
The Thai-Myanmar Friendship Bridge and border gates have been temporarily closed after Thailand’s military declared a coup on Thursday.
After declaring martial law at 3 a.m. on May 20 due to unstable political situations, military of Thailand announced a coup at 4:55 p.m. on May 22.
The Thai-Myanmar border gates have been closed on Thailand’s side for security reasons. As of May 23, border trade between two countries has been stopped.
A Thai security officer from the border said that this might only last a few days.
Thousands of travellers use Myawady-Mae Sot route everyday and trade volume through this route is over one million U.S. dollars every day.
Due to the temporary closure, the trade and currency market might be affected and Myanmar workers in Thailand might face difficulties, a resident of Myawady said.
In the past, Friendship Bridge was closed for 17 months because of construction of the Thaungyinn river bank wall. At this time, river crossing boats could be used.