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US Embassy describes anti-government protest as peaceful

The US Embassy in Bangkok on Monday described the ongoing protests against Yingluck government as peaceful.

When asked to comment on the protesters' demand for Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to resign from the position, Spokesman Walter Braunohler said it was the Thai people to decide on the matter.

He also dismissed the reports that it is compiling a blacklist of anti-government leaders including Suthep Thaugsuban.

"In accordance with our policy on visa matters, we do not comment on individual cases or applications. However, we note that rumors regarding alleged blacklisting or travel restrictions associated with current Thai political leaders or activists are completely false," he said.

There were widespread of rumours on the social networks including Facebook and Twitter that the embassy wished to put the 14 leaders of the rally on a blacklist for entering the US.

The rumours said it was because the rally leaders involved in the protests in front of the embassy a few days ago.


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