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Burmese in Bangkok Warned to Avoid Rallies

8 January 2014

The Burmese embassy in Bangkok has warned its nationals to avoid anti-government rallies planned for the Thai capital next week, reports DVB. In an announcement issued on Monday, the embassy called on Burmese to stay away from protest areas for their own safety and to “prevent upsetting the friendship” between the two countries. “We are concerned for Burmese nationals, especially migrant workers, as they can get arrested or injured just for being in the wrong place,” said Kyaw Kyaw Lwin, the embassy’s labor attaché. Protesters in Bangkok vowed to bring the city to a halt on Jan. 13 by blockading major roads, in the latest escalation of long-running efforts to replace the elected government with an appointed “people’s council.”