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Foreigners Warned Of Saturday's Anti-Thaksin rally

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Foreigners warned about Saturday's Anti-Thaksin demonstration

The U.S. Embassy in Thailand on Thursday warned American citizens to stay away from an anti-government rally planned Saturday in Bangkok for fear of violence.

Public Announcement from U.S. Embassy Bangkok

Date: Thu, 2 Feb 2006 10:34:52 +0700[/b]

Attention American Citizens:

The Royal Thai Police (RTP) authorities have confirmed that a

large demonstration is expected to occur in the area of the King Rama 5

statue, Rajdamneon Avenue, near Sanam Luang and Government House in

Bangkok on Saturday, February 4. Police estimate up to 100,000 people

will gather in an anti-Thai Prime Minister Thaksin demonstration headed

by Sonthi Limthongkul, a prominent Thai government critic. The crowd

will include several diverse groups of demonstrators and is expected to

start assembling in the morning with no announced starting or ending

times. Organizers have not indicated a marching route, should they

leave the area.

Bangkok demonstrations are usually peaceful in nature, but all

demonstrations are unpredictable and conditions can change unexpectedly.

The RTP has indicated that 2,000 - 3,000 police officers will be on hand

to maintain public order. There are concerns that anti-Sonthi groups

may attempt to confront the demonstrators, which could lead to violence.

For this reason, please do not approach the demonstrators.

The Embassy encourages all Americans to avoid this area. Should you

find yourself in or near the demonstrators, move indoors for shelter

until the demonstration has passed, or ask for police assistance to

leave the area. While the demonstration is not expected to pass near

U.S. Embassy facilities, Embassy entrances and functions may be

restricted depending on circumstances.

For the latest security information, Americans living and traveling

abroad should regularly monitor the Department's Bureau of Consular

Affairs Internet web site at http://travel.state.gov, where the current

Worldwide Caution, Public Announcements, and Travel Warnings can be

found. Up-to-date information on security can also be obtained by

calling 1-888-407-4747 toll free in the U.S., or, for callers outside

the U.S. and Canada, a regular toll line at 1-317-472-2328. These

numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday

through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

--US Embassy, Bangkok, 2006-02-02

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Sounds like the US Embassy has given it's citizens good advice, there are all the makings of a real set to brewing. I also notice the deafening silence from the UK Embassy, and others.

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I suspect the US Embassy is suffering post "State of the Nation" jitters and expect a strong Muslim contingent to join the demonstration, and the paranoid peeps from the underground cubicles have wound them up that it'll be infiltrated by AQ and JI agent-provocateurs ... therefore they're warning Americans to stay away in case of Afghan/Iran/Iraq sentiments leading to assaults on their citizens.

Anyone seen if other embassies are issuing warnings?

Me - I just wish I could get down for it, but am stuck in Chiangers this weekend with visitors from afar.

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The Austrian Embassy is normaly at Patpong drinking. I think they know that Taksin is premier, but I have my doubts if they know Sonthi.

So sure there is no warning till tanks are in Patpong or at least the gogo bars are closed...

I suspect the US Embassy is suffering post "State of the Nation" jitters and expect a strong Muslim contingent to join the demonstration, and the paranoid peeps from the underground cubicles have wound them up that it'll be infiltrated by AQ and JI agent-provocateurs ... therefore they're warning Americans to stay away in case of Afghan/Iran/Iraq sentiments leading to assaults on their citizens.

Anyone seen if other embassies are issuing warnings?

Me - I just wish I could get down for it, but am stuck in Chiangers this weekend with visitors from afar.

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From what I can gather from the Newspapers this has DEFINATLEY got all the signs of flaring up into a confrontation

Forecasters are saying it could turn into another bloodbath like '73

Lets keep everything crossed and pray that it does not

Best we just all steer clear (whatever Nationality we are) and be on the safe side. My Wife and I will be in BK this weekend, but knowhere near that particular area!

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Not foreigners warned, but Americans :-)

This is a Warden's Notice from the US Embassy to US citizens in BKK.

Perhaps that is why it addresses concern for US citizens???

What is your embassy saying? :o

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This is a Warden's Notice from the US Embassy to US citizens in BKK.

Perhaps that is why it addresses concern for US citizens???

What is your embassy saying? :o

NZ Embassy says go buy some beers. Being the kind understanding people we are, this is not a problem.

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Not foreigners warned, but Americans :-)

This is a Warden's Notice from the US Embassy to US citizens in BKK.

Perhaps that is why it addresses concern for US citizens???

What is your embassy saying? :o

Nothing!...therefore my reply.

I cant even say they are with the Austrians, because they dont even know what Patpong is. They are still trying to figure out why they don’t see this Chuan Lekpai guy on TV anymore. And what happened to Carlsberg beers.

(Edited Australians to Austrians...maybe they are with the Australians :-)

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Italian embassy does not care nor warned Italian citizens here in Bkk! But had warned us of SILVIO BERLUSCONI! And hey, these 2 Prime Ministers can make a good pair together!!!!!

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I suspect the US Embassy is suffering post "State of the Nation" jitters and expect a strong Muslim contingent to join the demonstration, and the paranoid peeps from the underground cubicles have wound them up that it'll be infiltrated by AQ and JI agent-provocateurs ... therefore they're warning Americans to stay away in case of Afghan/Iran/Iraq sentiments leading to assaults on their citizens.

Anyone seen if other embassies are issuing warnings?

Me - I just wish I could get down for it, but am stuck in Chiangers this weekend with visitors from afar.

Oh give me a break. The sky is falling!!!! This has nothing to do with post "State of the Nation' jitters or AQ or JI or anything else your mind may conjur up. It has everything to do with a potential blood bath in the streets of Bangkok. Such demonstrations are RARELY peaceful, contrary to the news story. The US Embassy apparently wants to warn its citizens in the Kingdom to stay clear - wisely too I would think - lest they become victims in the violence. Ask some people what it was like in 73... in 92. Why other embassies have not come out to warn their citizens is beyond me, but regardless my nationality I will heed the warning. Do you really think Toxin will stand by 'peacefully?'

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There is too much gong on now for the PM. For a while he was on the run, and then the fire faded. Hence lack of crackdowns for a while, or at least the ones sent to my email. So the fire is on again and all bets are off. It could go any way and it sounds like a great time to find other things to do. I would bet that the PM is busy trying to CYOA on this one. Seeing if the military is moving south from up on Samsen would give a clue as to what muscle is planned on being used. Does anyone know if orders were issued in the military on this one? That would be a sure bet of blood.

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