Taiwan raises travel alert for Bangkok amid protest tension
Central News Agency
2014-01-22 11:18 PM
Taipei, Jan. 22 (CNA) Taiwan raised its travel alert for Bangkok Wednesday, urging its nationals to avoid unnecessary trips to the Thai capital and neighboring areas amid increased violence marking anti-government protests. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced late in the day that the travel alert for Bangkok and nearby areas would be immediately raised from yellow to orange, meaning travelers should take precautions and avoid the area if possible. Under the Foreign Ministry's four-color travel alert system, red represents the highest level of warning and signals that travelers should avoid the affected area. Orange is the second highest level, followed by yellow and then gray. The ministry also urged Taiwanese nationals in Bangkok to avoid crowded areas and take care not to wear either yellow or red shirts, amid scuffles between the pro-government "Red Shirts" and anti-government "Yellow Shirts." The heightened alert came after reports that a leading pro-government activist was shot and wounded earlier in the day in Thailand's northeast as a state of emergency began in the capital, where protesters are trying to force out Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. Anti-government protesters have blocked roads and held rallies across the capital in a bid to topple the Shinawatra government and derail the upcoming Feb. 2 elections. Protestors want Shinawatra out reportedly because they believe her government is being controlled by her brother, ousted former leader Thaksin Shinawatra. (By Elaine Hou)
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