The pop singer has canceled her upcoming show in Bangkok following months of political unrest in the country. The concert would have marked Swift's first time performing in the country, as she gets ready to wrap up her Red Tour
Pop star Taylor Swift has cancelled an upcoming concert in Bangkok, Thailand, after the country’s military seized control of the government last week.
The June 9 show would have marked Swift’s first time performing in the country, which has been marked by unrest for the past six months. Mass anti-government
protests calling for the ouster of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra prompted her May 7 removal from office. However, her removal also prompted her supporters to take to the streets in protest. The military coup on May 22 was a response to the deadlocked political crisis, which has already led to more than two dozen deaths and hundreds of injuries.
TIME has reported that the military coup means “[a] 10 p.m. curfew has been announced nationwide and curbs placed on gatherings of more than five people. Soldiers ordered rival protest camps to disperse and those present reported shots fired into the air. Media has been told to stop reporting and television channels taken off air.”
The local company organizing Swift’s concert, BEC-Tero Entertainment, told The Hollywood Reporter in a statement, “This has been a difficult decision for all parties.” For her part, Swift, who is wrapping up the final leg of her Red tour, tweeted on Tuesday:
I'm sending my love to the fans in Thailand. I'm so sad about the concert being canceled.—
Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) May 27, 2014