Public Notice: Demonstration on Sat, Sep 19 in Bangkok (Sanam Luang)

The U.S. Embassy in Bangkok issued the following message on Sep 18.

This message alerts U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Bangkok that media reports indicate that as many as 30,000 supporters of the United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (aka UDD or “Red-Shirts”) will rally at Sanam Luang and plan to march to the residence of Privy Council Chair General Prem Tinsulanonda on Saturday, September 19.

In order to maintain peace during the rally, the Royal Thai Government plans to invoke the Internal Security Act (ISA) in Dusit District (to include the Dusit Palace, Government House, Sanam Luang, and the area near General Prem’s residence) from Friday, September 18 to September 22. This may mean that armed troops will join police on the streets to maintain order.

Media reports indicate that over 5,000 soldiers and police officers have already been deployed to the Dusit District in anticipation of the rally.

We wish to remind American citizens that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possibly escalate into violence. American citizens are urged to avoid the area of Sanam Luang and to exercise caution if within the vicinity of any demonstrations.

U.S. CITIZEN SERVICES

For the latest security information, Americans living and traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs Internet web site at travel.state.gov , where the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Alerts, Travel Warnings, and health-information resources 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. and Canada  or, for callers in other areas, by calling a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.  These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

American citizens traveling or residing in Thailand are encouraged to register with the Department of State or the U.S. Embassy or Consulate at travelregistration.state.gov/ibrs/ui/.   Americans without Internet access may register directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. By registering, American citizens make it easier for the embassy or consulate to contact them in case of emergency. The U.S. Embassy in Thailand is located at 95 Wireless Road in Bangkok.  The American Citizen Services Unit of the U.S. Embassy can be reached by calling 66-2-205-4049 and by e-mail at mailto:[email protected] The after hours emergency telephone number is 66-2-205-4000.