NZ PM urges New Zealanders to leave Thailand   2010-05-17 19:37:44 FeedbackPrintRSS

WELLINGTON, May 17 (Xinhua) -- New Zealand Prime Minister John Key said on Monday that the travel advisory for Thailand has been increased to the most extreme level and is urging any New Zealanders there to leave.

The New Zealand government is warning against any travel to Thailand as clashes between security forces and red shirt protesters show no signs of abating.

There have been violent clashes in the center of Bangkok since Thursday between soldiers and anti-government 'red shirt' protesters. The death toll has risen to 36 and the deadline for the protesters to leave their camp has passed.

Key told reporters that the access to Bangkok airport is unimpeded and commercial flights are still operating. He is urging New Zealanders to leave as soon as they can.

Meanwhile, a New Zealander injured in Bangkok has been located by embassy staff. He was treated in hospital and has since been discharged.

The protests began on March 12 and a state of emergency was declared in Bangkok on April 7. It now covers more than 20 provinces, mostly in the north.

The New Zealand embassy has been closed since late last week.


NZ man injured in Thai protests

WELLINGTON, May 17 (Xinhua) -- A New Zealand man has been released from hospital after being injured in Bangkok and New Zealand Government has raised its travel warning for the Thai city to extreme level.

At least 65 people have been killed and more than 1600 wounded since the Red-shirts began their protest in Bangkok in mid-March. Full Story

Editor: Zhang Mingyu
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