Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (October 15, 2020)

Location: Bangkok, Thailand – Ratchaprasong area in the Pathunwan District

Event:  U.S. Embassy Bangkok informs U.S. citizens of a planned political gathering today, October 15, 2020 at 04:00 pm in the area of Ratchaprasong Intersection near the Erawan Shrine and Central World Shopping mall in the Pathumwan district of Bangkok.  U.S. government personnel have been advised to avoid this area.

On October 15, 2020 Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha declared a state of emergency for Bangkok.  In this declaration, groups of five or more people are prohibited from gathering.

Reports indicate the planned political gathering described above could involve a large crowd of participants.  The Royal Thai Police plan to be present and may set up check points in and around the area in connection with the event.  Plan ahead for the possibility of traffic and other potential disruptions in downtown Bangkok.  Additional demonstrations are possible in the coming days.

Although violence is not expected, even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.  Avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.  U.S. citizens should monitor local news and social media reports before traveling to downtown Bangkok this weekend.

Actions to Take:

  • Monitor local media and our Embassy website for updates, and check your email for further alerts;
  • Avoid the Ratchaprasong area in the Pathumwan District;
  • Avoid demonstrations and large gatherings;
  • Review personal security plans;
  • Remain aware of surroundings;
  • Follow the instructions of local authorities.