Thai Embassy warns Thais in Myanmar to avoid indicating nationality in public


YANGON- The Royal Thai Embassy in Yangon has issued a warning to Thais in Myanmar, fearing retaliation for the sentencing to death of two Burmese suspects by a Thai court.

The embassy made the announcement after the Samui Provincial Court handed the death penalty to Wai Phyo and Zaw Lin, both age 22. They were convicted of the murder of 24-year-old David Miller and the rape and murder of 23-year-old Hannah Witheridge, who were discovered dead on Ko Tao island last year, September 15.

The verdict has been met with backlash online and plans to protest in front of the embassy in Yangon, today. In the interest of safety, the embassy has warned Thai citizens in Myanmar to be on alert and to avoid unnecessary indications of their nationality in public.

A brief protest was held yesterday with roughly 20 demonstrators in front of the embassy, before being dispersed by police for instigating an unlawful gathering.