03 Jul '11, 4am

Tourists warned to be vigilant as Thailand votes

Tourists warned to be vigilant as Thailand votes

BANGKOK: Tourists in Thailand have been warned to exercise caution and avoid political demonstrations as the nation goes to the polls Sunday for the first time since last year's deadly street protests. More than 170,000 police were deployed at polling booths across the country for the tense vote, which pits Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva of the ruling Democrat Party against the opposition Puea Thai Party's Yingluck Shinawatra. "There is a possibility of further civil unrest and violence in the period surrounding the election and formation of a new government," the Australian embassy said on its website. "You should avoid protests and political rallies, and any security deployments associated with such events." The British embassy also urged its citizens to be on alert. "There remains a risk that political developments may lead to violence," it said in a message posted on...

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