US citizens advised to exercise caution and stay alert
May 20, 2014 00:00
The US Embassy in Bangkok on Tuesday advised their citizens to stay alert, exercise caution and monitor media coverage following the Thai military's invoking of martial law.
You are advised to avoid areas where there are protest events, large gatherings, or security operations and follow the instructions of Thai authorities, said the message issued on Tuesday.
According to a Royal Thai Army announcement, the military has assumed responsibility for maintaining peace and order and martial law gives the military certain expanded authorities to ensure public security and safety.
Thailand’s constitution and caretaker government remain in place, according to Thai media.
US citizens are cautioned that even demonstrations that are meant to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. You should avoid protest sites, demonstrations, and large gatherings.
Be alert and aware of your surroundings and pay attention to local news media reports. You should allow extra time when travelling throughout the city or to/from airports. Consider using public transportation, read the message.