Thailand hit by mass protests – travel warnings out

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Thailand protestsThailand’s capital Bangkok is currently the stage for mass protests of the opposition to stop a disputed amnesty bill that would allow fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra to return to Thailand, a move strongly opposed by the democrats.

Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, Thaksin’s younger sister, on November 7 in the¬† morning called an urgent meeting of security agencies at Government House to assess the situation and follow up the movements of anti-government groups, reports said, as she feared that protesters plan to topple the government.

Two-meter high concrete barriers have been placed around Government House.  Vehicles entering and leaving the grounds are subject to tight security checks.

Meanwhile, nine countries have issued travel warnings for Thailand because of ongoing political protests, prompting the tourism sector to voice concerns avbout dropping tourist arrival numbers.

Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul said the governments of Canada, Brazil, Israel, Japan, UK,¬†France, Austria, Sweden and¬†Taiwan had issued warnings. Surapong said anti-government rallies “should not be allowed” to damage the tourist industry in Thailand, especially given that it is now high season and facing the fact that the sector is currently one of the few which is actually growing in an otherwise lacklustre economic environment in Thailand.

‚ÄúI understand that demonstrations are a constitutional right that everyone has, but I would like the protesters to think of the impact on the¬†country’s image, the economy and tourism industry,” Surapong said.

Academics, students and other groups protesting against the amnesty bill should allow parliament to resolve the issue, since it is now up to the Senate to debate the legislation, he said.

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Thailand’s capital Bangkok is currently the stage for mass protests of the opposition to stop a disputed amnesty bill that would allow fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra to return to Thailand, a move strongly opposed by the democrats.

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Thailand protestsThailand’s capital Bangkok is currently the stage for mass protests of the opposition to stop a disputed amnesty bill that would allow fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra to return to Thailand, a move strongly opposed by the democrats.

Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, Thaksin’s younger sister, on November 7 in the¬† morning called an urgent meeting of security agencies at Government House to assess the situation and follow up the movements of anti-government groups, reports said, as she feared that protesters plan to topple the government.

Two-meter high concrete barriers have been placed around Government House.  Vehicles entering and leaving the grounds are subject to tight security checks.

Meanwhile, nine countries have issued travel warnings for Thailand because of ongoing political protests, prompting the tourism sector to voice concerns avbout dropping tourist arrival numbers.

Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul said the governments of Canada, Brazil, Israel, Japan, UK,¬†France, Austria, Sweden and¬†Taiwan had issued warnings. Surapong said anti-government rallies “should not be allowed” to damage the tourist industry in Thailand, especially given that it is now high season and facing the fact that the sector is currently one of the few which is actually growing in an otherwise lacklustre economic environment in Thailand.

‚ÄúI understand that demonstrations are a constitutional right that everyone has, but I would like the protesters to think of the impact on the¬†country’s image, the economy and tourism industry,” Surapong said.

Academics, students and other groups protesting against the amnesty bill should allow parliament to resolve the issue, since it is now up to the Senate to debate the legislation, he said.

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