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Envoy on alert amid Thai political crisis

TAIPEI -- Taiwan's representative office in Thailand is on heightened alert amid the current political turmoil in the Southeast Asian country, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said yesterday.

Thailand's main opposition Democrat Party resigned from the country's parliament Sunday in protest against what it called the “illegitimacy” of an elected government with which it could no longer work. The party was also scheduled to take to the streets of Bangkok on Monday with the aim of ousting Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

An official at the MOFA's Department of East Asian and Pacific Affairs said the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Thailand has been keeping a close eye on political developments in the host country since anti government street protests emerged again in recent weeks.

“The representative office has also increased its vigilance against possible street disturbances in Bangkok today,” the official added.

The MOFA has issued a yellow travel advisory for Thailand, urging local people intending to visit that country to exercise caution and in particular, to stay away from protest sites in Bankgkok.

If necessary, the official said, the MOFA may raise its Thailand travel alert.

The yellow alert is the second lowest level in Taiwan's four-tier color-coded travel advisory system.

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