BANGKOK – The State Department and the US Embassy in Bangkok are advising caution for all U.S. citizens in Thailand, following the declaration of martial law throughout the country Tuesday.
The declaration came a day after Thailand’s caretaker prime minister said he would not resign, amidst ongoing political protests.
“You are advised to avoid areas where there are protest events, large gatherings, or security operations and follow the instructions of Thai authorities,” according to the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok’s statement.
“U.S. citizens are cautioned that even demonstrations that are meant to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.”
The embassy also encouraged Americans in Thailand to register with the embassy, either online or through consulate services.
In Washington, State Department officials expressed concern over the martial decree.
“We expect the army to honor its commitment to make this a temporary action to prevent violence, and to not undermine democratic institutions,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement Tuesday.