Warning from the Brittish Embassy in Bangkok November 2012

A large anti-government demonstration is expected to take place in the Royal Plaza at the intersection of Si Ayuthaya Road and Rajdumnoen Nok Avenue from 0900 on 24 November. You should avoid this demonstration and any other protests. Other Warnings We advise against all but essential travel to the provinces of Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat and Songkhla on the Thai-Malaysia border. On 21 September a bomb exploded in the Sai Buri district of Pattani causing a number of deaths and injuries. See Safety and Security - Political Situation. We advise against all travel to the Preah Vihear (Khaoi Pra Viharn in Thai) temple area and the Ta Krabey/Ta Moan temple area located on the Thai-Cambodian border due to the presence of troops in the area and the risk of outbreaks of fighting. Remain alert to the local situation when travelling in other border regions and at land crossings between Thailand and Cambodia. See  Safety and Security - Local Travel - Cambodian border. There…
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Thai Citizens Now Able To Renew ID Cards At Thai Embassies Overseas

Thais residing overseas are now able to renew I.D cards at Thai embassies overseas without having to return to Thailand. Since an MoU was signed in March between Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul and Interior Minister Yongyuth Wichaidit, under which both sides agreed to cooperate in renewing passports of Thai expats, the service has now been launched in Los Angeles. Starting September 13th, The Royal Thai Consulate in Los Angeles has been authorized to issue new IDs to Thai nationals seeking to replace those lost or damaged. No fees will be charged for expired IDs, but a 1 dollar fee will be charged for lost or damaged IDs. However, those seeking to make their I.D. cards for the first time are not allowed to do so. The Thai Consulate-General in Los Angeles was the first to offer this service as it is better equipped with necessary machines and staff than other consulates. The Foreign and Interior ministries aim to launch similar service at five more major ci…
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The French Embassy Is Issuing Travel Warnings For Citizens In Thailand

The French Embassy in Bangkok is issuing travel warnings for its citizens in Thailand, recommending against all but essential travel to flood-hit areas. According a statement on the embassy’s website, French citizens are advised to avoid travelling to affected provinces such as Phitsanulok, Phichit, Prachinburi and Sakaeo. A series of particularly strong seasonal storms with heavy rainfall have produced extensive flooding throughout many provinces in Thailand. It further stated that the flooding has not hampered transportation, and essential services in the affected regions are open to the public as usual. The embassy urges its citizens to contact its office in Bangkok for more information or to log onto http://www.ambafrance-th.org/Conseils-aux-voyageurs. News from NNT
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French Embassy Will Close On 21 Sep

On Friday 21 September, French embassies and schools will be closed in 20 countries following the publication by a French weekly of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed.
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500 Muslims Protest At US Embassy In Bangkok Thailand

Over 500 Muslims gathered in front of the US Embassy in Bangkok on Tuesday amidst pouring rain to protest a controversial American film, which is deemed insulting to Islam. The protesters expressed their anger over the movie called "Innocence of Muslims," mocking the Prophet Mohammad. Muslims in many countries throughout the world also demonstrate agianst the film at US consulates and embassies. The protest leader demanded the US to oversee the matter and stop the dissemination of the movie. They also asked for prosecution of the movie producer. The demonstrators tried to bring down the American flag and burn it, but authorities had warned them the move is against the law. Police officers have been deployed at the embassy to ensure safety while metal fences lined up the Wireless Road to prevent protesters from entering the embassy. News from NNT
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U.S. Embassy In Bangkok Closes In Fear Of Islam Protests

The U.S. Embassy in Bangkok announced it will be closed to the public at noon today, in anticipation of planned protests over a controversial film made in the US which is deemed insulting to Islam. According to the Embassy’s website, the Royal Thai Police has informed consular personnel that a demonstration involving nearly 500 protesters is reportedly planned to be held on Wireless Road in front of the Embassy beginning between 1 PM and 2 PM today. Demonstrators are expected to assemble at Lumpini Park before marching to the Embassy. The Embassy will offer its services until noon before sending non-essential personnel home. Visa and citizen services appointments scheduled for this afternoon have been cancelled and rescheduled for later dates. The Embassy has also advised U.S. citizens to exercise caution and to be aware of their surroundings, and warned that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence with little or …
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Warnings U.S. Citizens In Thailand

The U.S. Embassy in Bangkok has updated its security warnings to U.S. citizens in Thailand, following a spate of attacks and protests worldwide over a film made in the US deemed insulting to Islam. According to the emergency message issued by the embassy, U.S. citizens are encouraged to maintain a heightened awareness and to keep a low profile when out in public, after four American personnel, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, were killed in Benghazi, Libya, last week. The embassy further stated that it is saddened by the deaths and elaborated that U.S Embassies in Egypt and Yemen have also faced protests last week. U.S. citizens are advised to call the U.S. Embassy at 02- 205-4000 or visit the U.S. Citizens Service website at http://bangkok.usembassy.gov/ for more information, as the most updated information will be posted on the site. Meanwhile, the Office of the Royal Thai Police has reaffirmed that all related agencies are stepping up security measures in the …
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New Lao and Indonesian Ambassadors in Thailand

The newly-appointed Indonesian and Lao ambassadors to Thailand met with Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra today in a move to further solidify bilateral ties. Ms Yingluck welcomed Lao Ambassador to Thailand, His Excellency Mr. Lee Boonkham, during his visit this afternoon, while reiterating the stance set by his predecessor that Laos’ security is considered Thailand’s security. The premier said she looks forward to strengthening the long-standing bilateral relations as well as improving regional cooperation. Ms Yingluck is also scheduled to hold bilateral talks with her Lao counterpart on June 2. Following the visit from H.E. Mr Lee, Ms Yingluck also met with the new Indonesian ambassador to Thailand, H.E. Mr. Lutfi Rauf. She said Thailand is eager to expand economic cooperation and trade with Indonesia, particularly in the halal food industry, energy, tourism and fisheries. Ms Yingluck also thanked the President of Indonesia for his confirmed attendance at the upco…
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US Embassy Discusses Anti Corruption cooperation with NACC

U.S. Ambassador to Thailand Kristie Kenny has met with Office of the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) President Panthep Klanarongran to discuss anti-corruption cooperation. Mrs. Kenney, along with her entourage, including Director of the Transnational Crime Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok Ali Jalili, yesterday discussed with Mr Panthep several anti-corruption cooperation the frameworks of United Nations Convention against Corruption and Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC). The US has shown it support in transparent democracy and preventing corruption in elections, auditing system, and among high-ranking officials and politicians who have connections with the US, according to the Ambassador. After the meeting, the NACC President revealed that they did not discuss about Prime Minister’s Office Nalinee Thaveesin, who is alleged to have been on the U.S. financial blacklist, as anticipated by many parties. He said they were talking about the…
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U.S. Meets Thai Supreme Commander For Bombings

The U.S. Ambassador met with the Thai Supreme Commander on Thursday to discuss the three bomb blasts in downtown Bangkok. The U.S. Embassy Spokesman confirmed the U.S. did not discourage its citizens to travel to Thailand but suggested that they be careful. Before U.S. Ambassador to Thailand Kristie Kenny traveled to meet Supreme Commander Gen.Thanasak Patimapakorn at 2 pm today, U.S. Embassy Spokesman Braunohler told reporters that U.S. diplomats regularly talked to Thai officials in the national police bureau, the army and national security units. He said the meeting between the Ambassador and the Supreme Commander today would touch on the 14 February blasts in Bangkok. The U.S. Embassy expressed deep sorrow with the injured, the Spokesman said. Mr. Braunohler also remarked that it was still too early to make conclusions about the incident or voicing personal views since authorities were investigating the blasts. The most important issue right now was security for Ameri…
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