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Published on : Tuesday, November 26, 2013
The Russian Embassy in Thailand has issued a travel warning to its citizens planning to visit Bangkok due to the ongoing anti-government protests but said that all is quiet in resort towns.”We insistently advise Russian citizens not to visit Bangkok (with the exception of transfers at the Suvarnabhumi Airport). Tourists staying in the capital city are requested to exercise extreme caution, to meet every demand of law enforcement officers and to avoid places of mass demonstrations,” says a press release posted on the website of the Russian Embassy in Bangkok on Tuesday.
“We emphasize at the same time that resort towns of Thailand are quiet and safe for tourists,” an official of the Embassy said. It noted that peaceful anti-governmental protests continued in the capital city of Thailand.”According to the latest updates, several hundreds of thousands of people took to the street in Bangkok on November 25. Protest demonstrations occurred in various parts of the city,” the press release said.
The protesters occupied the premises and certain offices in a number of administrative buildings, including the edifices of the foreign affairs and finance ministries, it said.
Leaders of the protesters said they were trying “to impede the activity of the illegitimate government with peaceful methods,” the Embassy reported.Therefore, the authorities expanded the special security regime throughout the territory of Bangkok, the Nonthaburi province, the Bang Phli district of the Samut Prakan province (the location of the Suvarnabhumi International Airport) and the Lat Lum Kaeo district of the Pathum Thani province.
“We call your attention to the incorrectness of reports posted by a number of media outlets on Tuesday, November 26, which alleged a state of emergency in Bangkok.
The special security regime is not a state of emergency,” the press release emphasized.
In fact, “this step precedes a state of emergency,” the Russian Embassy explained.
“Under the law, the area operating under the special security regime sees tightened security, a possible curfew, deployment of checkpoints and limited movements of protesters,” it continued.
The Russian Embassy also noted that, according to the assurances from the Thai authorities, “the situation will be resolved in an exclusively peaceful way, without the use of force, in spite of the clearly illegal actions of certain protest groups.”