Bangkok: Machine gun fire near tourist area

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Bangkok rallyOne person died and at least seven were injured by gunfire from a M16 rifle in two separate attacks in the early morning of January 11 in Bangkok. The shooting took place at the rally site of anti-government protesters in the city center, just a few steps away from the popular tourist area of Khao San road.

The incident carried out by unidentified people is heightening fears of more violence when protesters try to “shut down” the capital from January 13. More than 40 countries have already issued travel warnings advising their citizens to exercise absolute care when traveling to Thailand, especially Bangkok, or to avoid it at all in the coming weeks.

The Philippine embassy in Bangkok came out with a meaningful advice to its citizens in Thailand, saying that Filipinos at all costs should avoid wearing red or yellow clothing, the two “political colours” of the protest parties.

“Participating and/or showing support in any form to any of the parties is strongly discouraged,” the mission added in a travel advisory on its website.

For that matter, this advice can be directed at all foreigners, whether Asian or not, in order to avoid misunderstandings or getting caught up in the unrest unintentionally.

The shutdown of Bangkok will have a severe impact of traffic. Travelers have been advised to factor in at least four hours to reach the main Suvarnabhumi airport. The hub for discount carriers including AirAsia, Don Mueang airport, might get completely cut off from the city as protesters will block the main north-bound highway and railway tracks.

Some embassies, including the United States’, have told their citizens in Bangkok to stock up with essential food items, water and cash as supply to grocery stores and markets could get interrupted and ATMs might run out of money.

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One person died and at least seven were injured by gunfire from a M16 rifle in two separate attacks in the early morning of January 11 in Bangkok. The shooting took place at the rally site of anti-government protesters in the city center, just a few steps away from the popular tourist area of Khao San road.

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Bangkok rallyOne person died and at least seven were injured by gunfire from a M16 rifle in two separate attacks in the early morning of January 11 in Bangkok. The shooting took place at the rally site of anti-government protesters in the city center, just a few steps away from the popular tourist area of Khao San road.

The incident carried out by unidentified people is heightening fears of more violence when protesters try to “shut down” the capital from January 13. More than 40 countries have already issued travel warnings advising their citizens to exercise absolute care when traveling to Thailand, especially Bangkok, or to avoid it at all in the coming weeks.

The Philippine embassy in Bangkok came out with a meaningful advice to its citizens in Thailand, saying that Filipinos at all costs should avoid wearing red or yellow clothing, the two “political colours” of the protest parties.

“Participating and/or showing support in any form to any of the parties is strongly discouraged,” the mission added in a travel advisory on its website.

For that matter, this advice can be directed at all foreigners, whether Asian or not, in order to avoid misunderstandings or getting caught up in the unrest unintentionally.

The shutdown of Bangkok will have a severe impact of traffic. Travelers have been advised to factor in at least four hours to reach the main Suvarnabhumi airport. The hub for discount carriers including AirAsia, Don Mueang airport, might get completely cut off from the city as protesters will block the main north-bound highway and railway tracks.

Some embassies, including the United States’, have told their citizens in Bangkok to stock up with essential food items, water and cash as supply to grocery stores and markets could get interrupted and ATMs might run out of money.

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