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The US is not biased : US State Department

The US has expressed concern on the rising political tension in Thailand and reiterated that it is not biased when it is a political disputes and supports the expression of fundamental rights.

It urged all sides to refrain from violence, exercise restraint and respect the rule of the law, said Jen Psaki, the State Department Spokesperson.

It t is deeply troubled by efforts to block polls and otherwise prevent voting and urged all sides to refrain from violence.

"The United States is deeply troubled by efforts to block polls and otherwise prevent voting in Thailand, and by the most recent acts of political violence."

"While we do not take sides in the political dispute and strongly support freedom of expression and the right to peaceful protest, preventing citizens from voting violates their universal rights and is inconsistent with democratic values," she said.

The US is following the ongoing demonstrations in Bangkok closely. "We urge all sides to refrain from violence, exercise restraint, and respect the rule of law. Violence and the seizure of public or private property are not acceptable means of resolving political differences."

"We call upon all sides to uphold international norms that guarantee freedom of the press and the safety of journalists. The United States firmly believes all parties should work together to resolve differences through peaceful dialogue in ways that strengthen democracy and rule of law."

She said that as long-time friends of Thailand, the US strongly support the Thai nation and its people during this period.


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