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Taylor Swift cancels Thailand gig due to political unrest

It would have been the singer's first ever show in the country

Taylor Swift has cancelled a gig in Thailand due to political unrest in the country.

The show, which was scheduled for June 9 in the capital Bangkok, would have been the first time the singer has played in Thailand.

“I’m sending my love to the fans in Thailand,” Swift wrote on Twitter. “I’m so sad about the concert being canceled.”

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According to the Hollywood Reporter, Bangkok promoter BEC-Tero Entertainment said the show was called off “due to recent events,” and also expressed “regret and sincere apologies to fans in Thailand”.

The troubles in Thialand stem from a recent military coup, which came after months of political unrest as protestors demanded the removal of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and the ruling populist Pheu Thai Party.

The protestors allege that Shinawatra and the rest of the government have been operating under the influence of the PM’s brother, business tycoon and former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who was was overthrown in 2006.

A nationwide curfew is in force between 22:00 and 05:00 local time. The broadcast media have been told to suspend all normal programming.

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