US citizens urged to exercise caution after martial law imposed


BANGKOK, 20 May 2014 – The US embassy in Thailand has warned its citizens in Thailand to avoid protest sites and closely follow the latest news reports following the invocation of martial law in Thailand.

The message posted on the US embassy website said U.S. citizens are advised to stay alert, exercise caution, and monitor media coverage. They are also urged to avoid areas where there are protest events, large gatherings, or security operations and follow the instructions of Thai authorities.

The message added that even demonstrations meant to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.

The US State Department has earlier made known that it is concerned about the political crisis in Thailand and noted that the military’s declaration of martial law must be temporary and not undermine democracy.