14 May 2010

American Embassy closed in Bangkok with officials “very concerned” about violence

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The American Embassy in Bangkok was closed on Thursday with officials "very concerned" about the violence between the Thai government and protesters.

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The American Embassy in Bangkok has been closed, except for emergency services for American citizens.

"We're very concerned, we're watching it (the violence) very closely," State Department spokesman Philip Crowley told reporters.

Mr Crowley said the American Embassy was closed to the public because of its proximity to the protest, although services for American citizens will be available for emergencies.

"We continue to encourage both sides that violence is not the route to resolve these issues. Ultimately, the government and the demonstrators have to get back together again and reach agreement on the path forward," he said.

"The government has to continue to have a dialogue with the demonstrators and they need to reach an agreement on a path forward," Crowley said.
Thai protesters clashed with solders in the heart of the capital on Thursday after Renegade army general, Major General Khattiya Sawasdiphol, who was backing the protesters, was publically shot.

The capital has experienced two months of tension and violent protests, which killed 30 people and injured about 1,000.

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