Embassies warn their citizens of possible protests after August referendum

At least four embassies in Bangkok have urged their citizens in Thailand to exercise caution during the August referendum, warning of possible protests. 
 
 
According to Matichon Online, the Japanese Embassy announced that Japanese citizens in Thailand should be increasingly careful on the referendum date, 7 August. The Embassy also added that there would be various ideologies confronting each other in the referendum so the Japanese should avoid protest sites and crowded places during that time.   
 
The UK Embassy stated that the political climate of Thailand is intensifying as the referendum approaches, so its citizens should avoid possible political protests and closely follow news from local media. 
 
The Myanmar Embassy warned their citizens that the Thai authorities might search for illegal migrant workers at work places and residences during the referendum so Myanmarese should keep their identification documents close at hand and cooperate with the authorities’ searches. 
 
The US Embassy issued a statement that US citizens should avoid possible protests during the referendum since the junta has full authority to arrest anybody. The Embassy speculates that there may be no violence, but their citizens should be cautious and closely follow the situation since any protests may escalate within a short period of time into violent confrontation.
 

 

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