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Bangkok Shutdown: US urges Americans to avoid protest sites

Published on Jan 20, 2014 11:15 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States urged its citizens on Sunday to stay away from protest sites in Thailand, amid an upsurge in deadly violence during anti-government demonstrations.

Unknown attackers have killed several people during the months-long protests intended to oust the embattled government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. Each side has blamed the other for the bloodshed.

"US citizens are cautioned that even demonstrations that are meant to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence," the State Department said in a travel alert.

"You should avoid protest sites, demonstrations and large gatherings. Be alert and aware of your surroundings and pay attention to local news media reports."

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