Anti-government protests must not be allowed to turn violent, or risk seriously damaging the country’s gross domestic product growth for the year, the Economic and Business Forecasting Centre at the University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce said on Tuesday.
As long as rallies against government are carried out peacefully and in line with the law, the protests were unlikely to dampen the economy, even with the imposition of the Internal Security Act in Bangkok, said Thanavath Phonvichai, the centre’s director.
“But if the protest escalates to unrest, it will hurt the economic system and tourism. People will spend less, reducing domestic consumption”, he said.
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