US embassy beefs up security

Security was beefed up at the US embassy in Bangkok on Sunday after an anti-government group voiced its intention to "seize" the embassy.

The group made its announcement in defiance of Washington's support for Thailand's caretaker government.

Anucha Ramanyanand, deputy spokesman of the Centre for the Administration of Peace and Order (Capo), yesterday said the Capo had worked with embassy officials on security operations in case protesters converge at the premises.

The move came after Nititorn Lamlua, leader of the anti-government Network of Students and People for Reform of Thailand (NSPRT) announced on Saturday night he would lead protesters to seize the US embassy.

"Listen carefully. We will storm and seize the [US] embassy," he told the crowd who had rallied at Chamai Maruchet bridge. Mr Nititorn, however, did not set a date for the demonstration.

He said Washington always calls on Thais to respect democratic principles and human rights without considering that Thais are fighting an undemocratic government.

The US government's support could lend the Yingluck Shinawatra government legitimacy, he said.

Pol Maj Gen Anucha said that after the NSPRT leader announced the planned seizure, the Capo contacted embassy staff and confirmed that police were on standby to offer protection if needed.

The NSPRT stayed put at its Chamai Maruchet protest base near Government House yesterday and did not move to the embassy as planned.

The US government earlier last week urged Thailand to work out its political differences in a peaceful and democratic manner.

"Prime Minister Yingluck has called for elections as a way out of political tension and demonstrations," it said.

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Discussion 1 : 20/12/2013 at 07:32 PM
If the thai people that are invading the us embassy, to send america a message that the political crisis in Thailand now is seriously severe and the economy of the country is going down the hill quite slow, and are really mad about the western media organisations negatively commenting about the political situation in their articles with prejudice and bias, and can't they not "give a damn" about what the Americans think about the people in the situation now and leave the us embassy alone. Is literally storming US embassy really worth it,if they will not "open their eyes about what is really happening now in this country?
Discussion 2 : 16/12/2013 at 11:15 PM
I agree. Democratic governments like the US and Yingluck's government try to avoid deadly force at all costs. Whereas undemocratic governments such as the one led by Abhisit a few years ago would go on a killing frenzy.
Discussion 3 : 16/12/2013 at 09:10 PM
Mr Nititorn, will be the point man on this strategic raid of an Embassy, right...?
Discussion 4 : 16/12/2013 at 07:28 PM
Actually, the US would not use deadly force to keep protesters out of their embassy. They would simply lock it down by moving all sensitive material to safe storage far beyond the ability of protesters to gain access to it. After that all embassy staff would simply leave the area. When the protests were over the Thai government would likely pay all costs to repair any damage though the real damage to Thailand's international reputation would be much harder to fix.
Discussion 5 : 16/12/2013 at 02:36 PM
Mr Nititorn Lamlua and his followers need to calm down and realize what he is asking them to do and what the outcome could be. Also why single out the US embassy, there are at least 40 other nations that have the same position as the US. regarding Democracy and the current situation here in Thailand. Is he going to seize those embassies as well? Just in case he doesn't know what he is about to do, the following describes what status embassies hold in their host countries (Thailand). U.S. embassies and consulates abroad, as well as foreign embassies and consulates in the United States, have a special status. While diplomatic spaces remain t
Discussion 6 : 16/12/2013 at 12:52 PM
This sounds like a government use of the media to cause hate and discontent.. Actions like this are used by governments all over the world to discredit their opposition. It is called psychological warfare. In the past thia typr of action has been used in Thailand to cover-up crimes against humanity .
Discussion 7 : 16/12/2013 at 12:15 PM
It's funny how the USA is such a proponent of free & fair elections except when the majority votes in a government not acceptable to America. Like when Hamas was voted into power in Gaza in 2007 after democratic elections. Or when socialist Salvador Allende was voted into power in Chile in the 1970's, only to be killed soon thereafter. Or the CIA's coup against the democratically elected government of Iran, which put The Shah back on the Peacock Throne in 1953. Democracy is not "one size fits all". Each country is unique & must determine the kind of government best suited to its' needs. I sincerely hope that Thailand will quickly find it's own unique style of government & what works best for the Thai people. from iPhone application.
Discussion 8 : 16/12/2013 at 09:34 AM
I think the US support a democraticaly elected PM
Discussion 9 : 16/12/2013 at 09:09 AM
What a fool, storm the US embassy !!!!!! Now that would be a wise move wouldn't it, i bet they wouldn't get very far.
Discussion 10 : 16/12/2013 at 03:58 AM
As long as the people respect democratic principles and elect a leader in a democratic way , its fine. If it would be a 2nd. Hitler or a 2nd. Stalin, for example , who uses his majority in parliament to push through with undemocratic bills and disregard the constitution , it does not matter. He is democratically elected by the majority of voters through a fair and transparent and democratic election. Or would that make a difference ?
Discussion 11 : 16/12/2013 at 02:40 AM
i would like to see them try it.

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