DFA cautions Filipinos in protest-wracked Bangkok: Avoid public places

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The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) is asking Filipinos in Thailand to heed the “request” of the Thai government and avoid public places.

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Raul Hernandez, Foreign Affairs spokesman, said in a statement Monday the Thai government requested the public to stay at home in light of the political insecurity in the country ensuing from protests aimed at toppling current Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

“We ask the Filipino community in Thailand to heed the request of the Thai government and for our nationals to refrain from non-essential travel to Thailand at this time,” Hernandez said.

“Our embassy is in touch with our kababayans there and is closely monitoring the political situation in Bangkok,” he said.

Four people have died in the massive protest, the most violent seen in Thailand since 2010. Government forces have started to clamp down on the protesters.

The protesters are divided between the supporters and detractors of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, Yingluck’s brother.

BERNICE CAMILLE V. BAUZON

 

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