UK warning to citizens over travelling to Thailand

Published on : Tuesday, November 19, 2013

thailandThe UK government said on Tuesday that it was warning of the security risks in travelling to Thailand because of the possibility of large-scale protests this week.

The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office said there have been a number of political demonstrations in Bangkok and elsewhere in Thailand since the beginning of November.

“Further protests could take place with little warning,” it advised.

Opposition groups staged a rally in Bangkok last weekend. The Bangkok Post reported demonstrators called for the impeachment of all members of Parliament for supporting a general amnesty petition, viewed as a path for the return of the former government.

Yingluck Shinawatra became prime minister after a general election in 2011. Her brother, Thaksin Shinawatra, was ousted by a military coup in 2006 while he was out of the country and still faces criminal charges.

Clashes between supporters of the Red Shirt movement, loyal to the ousted prime minster, and security forces left at least 89 people dead in 2010.

A 275-page report from a Truth and Reconciliation Commission said both sides were in all likelihood responsible for the escalation of violence.

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