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Taiwanese urged to stay cautious when visiting Thailand

Taiwanese urged to stay cautious when visiting Thailand

Taipei, Jan. 9 (CNA) Taiwanese nationals planning to visit Thailand are urged to maintain vigilance over their safety as Thai anti-government protesters prepare for a big rally scheduled to start Jan. 13 in Bangkok, Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Thursday. "Our nationals who plan to visit there should be particularly careful and pay attention to their safety," said Bob Chen, deputy director-general of the ministry's Department of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, at a regular news briefing. Chen's remarks came after Thai anti-government protesters recently announced plans to block key intersections and transportation facilities for days, starting Jan. 13, in a bid to force out Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. They have demanded that Shinawatra step down amid claims that her government is controlled by her older brother, ousted former leader Thaksin Shinawatra, according to foreign reports. Chen also urged Taiwanese nationals not to visit crowded areas in Bangkok and to avoid wearing yellow or red shirts. Over the past few months, there have been scuffles between pro-government "Red Shirt" supporters and "Yellow Shirt" anti-government demonstrators. Taiwan maintains a yellow alert for travel to Bangkok, urging people to think twice about visiting. Under the Foreign Ministry's four-color travel alert system, red represents the highest level of warning and signals that travelers should avoid the affected area. Orange means travelers should take precautions and avoid unnecessary travel, with yellow one step below, followed by gray. (By Elaine Hou)


Updated : 2021-05-16 06:01 GMT+08:00