Taipei, March 21 (CNA) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Friday that it has downgraded its travel alert for Bangkok and nearby areas from orange to yellow as tensions over protesters demanding the resignation of the premier eased, but it still urged people to be alert. The ministry said in a news release that the Thai government announced on March 18 that it had agreed to lift a state of emergency in Bangkok and surrounding provinces and use the Internal Security Act from March 19 until April 30 as the number of protesters has dwindled. Also, the anti-government group People's Democratic Reform Committee has scaled down its protest, the news release said. Taiwan raised its travel alert for Bangkok on Jan. 22, urging its nationals to avoid unnecessary trips to the Thai capital and neighboring areas amid increased violence surrounding anti-government protests. According to the Reuters news agency, 23 people have been killed in the unrest since November, as protesters tried to force Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra out of office. The government lifted a state of emergency on Wednesday after the number of protesters dwindled in recent weeks. Under Taiwan's 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.
(By Tang Pei-chun and Lilian Wu)