British nationals in Bangkok cautioned on election day
February 01, 2014 00:00
Britain has warned its citizens in Bangkok to stay in doors when Thailand goes to the polls on Sunday, due to possibility of violence. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has urged Britons to take extra care on Sunday and avoid all protests as Thailand holds its national elections, following three months of demonstrations. The FCO has updated its advice following further violence when polling stations opened on January 26 for advanced voting. It warns "On 2 February there are likely to be protests at polling locations and some of these could turn violent. Be alert to the situation, avoid all protests, and if you’re in any doubt about your safety on 2 February, stay in your accommodation." The Thai government declared a 60-day State of Emergency in Bangkok on January 21, due to the escalation of protests since they first began in November last year.