MANILA, Jan. 23 (Xinhua) -- The Philippine government on Thursday raised the alert level for Thailand and asked Filipinos there to prepare for evacuation following the 60-day state of emergency enforced by Bangkok to quell anti-government protests.
The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) raised alert level 2 over Thailand amid intensified anti-government demonstrations aimed at pressuring elected Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to step down in favor of an unelected council.
"Alert Level 2 is issued when there are real threats to the life, security, and property of Filipinos arising from internal disturbance or external threat," the DFA said in a statement.
Under Alert Level 2, the DFA said Filipinos in Bangkok and surrounding areas should restrict non-essential movements, avoid public places and prepare for evacuation.
Filipinos with essential travel plans to Thailand and those residing in Bangkok -- the site of mass actions -- and other parts of the country were advised to avoid protest sites and large gatherings.
They were also cautioned against taking part in protests or other political activities.
Current emergency decree bans no protests: Thai official
BANGKOK, Jan. 22 (Xinhua) -- The current emergency decree invoked by the Thai caretaker government does not involve banning or dispersing protests, or limitations on the media, Foreign Ministry Permanent Secretary Sihasak Phuanggetkeow said Wednesday.
Only part of the emergency decree has been invoked, which involves no authorities to impose restrictions on the freedom of movement or curfews, Sihasak told foreign media at a press conference. Full story