Belgium lifts Bangkok travel warning as protest ends

15th April 2009, Comments 0 comments

Belgium's foreign ministry on Tuesday lifted its travel warning for Bangkok, a day after issuing it, after thousands of protesters in the Thai capital ended their anti-government action.

BRUSSELS - "The protests in front of the government headquarters have ended but travellers must be aware of the fact that such protests could restart and that great caution is therefore necessary," the foreign ministry advised travellers on its website.

The ministry had warned travellers on Monday to avoid non-essential trips to Bangkok but on Tuesday changed that advice to say "it is possible to travel in Thailand."

The foreign ministry stressed the need to avoid demonstrations and government offices, to "follow the news."

Many Asia-Pacific and European nations had issued calls on Monday to avoid trips to Thailand amid the political unrest.

The Thai protesters, threatened with an army crackdown, abandoned their three-week rally at the premier's office Tuesday, pulling the kingdom back from a potentially bloody showdown with troops.

A day earlier, street battles in Bangkok left two dead and 123 injured, as a show of force by soldiers and police convinced thousands of protesters who had dug in around the offices of Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva to go home.


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