Bangkok — (UPDATE) Nine countries have issued travel warnings to Thailand because of the ongoing political protests against the amnesty bill.
The countries are Canada, the UK, Japan, Taiwan, Sweden, France, Austria, Israel, and Austria.
Thai Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul said on Wednesday that the rallies should not be allowed to damage the tourist industry so crucial to the Thai economy, especially since the high season had just begun.
“I understand that demonstrations are a constitutional right that everyone has, but I would like the protesters to think of the impact on the country’s image, the economy and tourism industry,” said Mr Surapong according to a Bangkok Post report.
He said it was now up to the Senate to debate the bill and resolve the issue.
“I would like all parties to calm down and look at this rationally. I believe the senators will listen to all sides. All problems can be resolved if we can just calm our emotions and egos,” said the foreign minister.