Pinoys in Bangkok urged to avoid protest areas
MANILA, Philippines – Filipinos in Bangkok, Thailand are reminded to avoid protest areas amid violent protests against Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawat.
“In the areas affected by the rallies, it is really not advisable to get near them. But in other places, like the embassy, the situation is very peaceful and normal,” Philippine Consul General in Thailand Edgar Badajos told ANC’s “The Bureau” on Monday.
A state of emergency has been declared by the Thai government in Bangkok and surrounding areas because of the protests
The Department of Foreign Affairs, meanwhile, raised crisis alert level 2 in these areas, which means there are real threats to the life, security, and property of Filipinos arising from internal disturbance or external threat.
Despite these threats, Badajos said the Philippine embassy in Thailand has not received any reports of work stoppage among overseas Filipino workers in the area.
Badajos said the general situation “is not as terrifying” as what is seen in news reports except for the protest areas.
“We are hoping of course that the two sides will be able to resolve differences soon, but before that time we believe seeing more clashes between the two sides on the streets,” Badajos added.
On Sunday, a protest leader was gunned down while several people were injured as demonstrators stormed polling stations around the capital to block early voting for next week's snap elections.
Ten people have been killed since protests against Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawat erupted in November.