American citizens advised to stock up prior to the Bangkok Shutdown
January 10, 2014 00:00
The US Embassy in Bangkok on Friday advised its nationals in Thailand to stockpile necessary items including food, water and medicine as well as keep mobile device charged in preparation for the Bangkok Shutdown, which is scheduled to start on Monday.
In a “security message” posted on its website, the embassy advised US citizens to set aside extra time when travelling in the country or to airports and to consider using public transportation.
“These demonstrations can result in significant traffic disruptions and delays. .. We advise you to plan ahead. It is prudent to ensure you have a week’s supply of cash, keep your mobile communications devices charged, and stock a two week supply of essential items such as food, water, and medicine,” read the warning.
The message said the suggestions were being made because “political activists” intend to hold simultaneous mass rallies at key intersections and other locations in Bangkok beginning on Monday. The rally sites will be at major intersections in Bangkok including AsokeSukhumvit, Pathumwan, Lumpini, Victory Monument, Ratchaprasong, Lat Prao, and Silom and at the Chaeng Watthana government complex.
The protest leaders have declared their plan to prolong the rallies after Monday.
Despite the protests, the embassy in Bangkok and US Consulate General in Chiang Mai will remain open for consular services.
“While protests have been generally peaceful over the last two months, some have resulted in injury and death. Even demonstrations that are meant to be peaceful can turn confrontational, and can escalate into violence without warning,” read the message.
US nationals should avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings or protests. “Be alert and aware of your surroundings and pay attention to local news and media reports.”