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20 Aug, 2015

Multi-faith religious rites for Bangkok bomb victims on Aug 21

BANGKOK, 19 August 2015 (NNT) – The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has announced that it will be holding a religious ceremony for the Ratchaprasong bomb victims on 21 August 2015.

The Director-General of the BMA’s Culture, Sport and Tourism Department Pranee Sattayaprakop has chaired the preparatory meeting for the religious ceremony, which will be held in dedication to the victims of the bombing incident at Ratchaprasong Intersection that occurred on Monday night (17 August 2015).

The BMA, in cooperation with the government and private agencies, will be holding the religious ceremony of the five religions, including Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, Sikhism, and Hinduism on 21 August 2015. The ceremony will begin by 7am at the Ratchaprasong Intersection, to consign merit to the deceased.

The ceremony will also attempt to regain the confidence among tourists traveling to visit Bangkok.

The Department of Consular Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will provide fast track visa issuance for families and relatives of victims of the Ratchaprasong explosion who want to visit their loved ones in Thailand. They can apply for visa at Thai consulates-general and embassies in their respective countries.

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Sek Wannamethee said the government had conveyed deep condolences to families of the dead and the injured persons and would take care of the injured at its best. The government would take all possible means to bring the bombers to prosecution.

He asked the public to keep eye on suspicous activities and urged that they exercise discretion when spreading news sent to them on social media.

The Foreign Ministry Spokesperson said the Ministry has informed necessary information and updated the situation with all embassies and consulates-general in Thailand.