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Protesters outside US Embassy oppose Thailand joining new alliance

Protesters outside US Embassy oppose Thailand joining new alliance

THURSDAY, May 12, 2022
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A small group of demonstrators gathered outside the United States Embassy in Bangkok on Thursday to oppose pressure on Thailand by Washington to join an alliance that would place the Kingdom at odds with China and Russia.

The group was led by prominent protest leaders and political activists Jatuporn Prompan and Nitithorn Lamlua.

Some 90 policemen were deployed at the embassy, as the protest leaders submitted their open letter addressed to US President Joe Biden.

The demonstrators called on the American leader to cancel a joint Thai-US statement on its Indo-Pacific alliance strategy, as well as a reported plan to include Thailand in its Second North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato) group for Southeast Asian countries.

Protesters outside US Embassy oppose Thailand joining new alliance

Some placards displayed at the gathering outside the US Embassy read: “Don’t use Thailand to destroy China”, “NATO, get out!” and “Don’t create war in other countries, but not USA”.

The protest came as Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha was attending the US-Asean Special Summit in Washington DC, where President Biden met leaders of Asean member countries.

The open letter warned that those US plans would put Thailand at risk of losing the balance in its ties with the world's superpowers. Also, such an alliance would result in Thailand getting involved in a future war that could take place in this region, the letter warned.

It noted that Washington was gathering allies in its bid to contain China. Also, the US seemed to be pulling Thailand onto its side, as the superpower was helping Ukraine fight Russia in their ongoing war that has continued for over two months.

Protesters outside US Embassy oppose Thailand joining new alliance

Protesters outside US Embassy oppose Thailand joining new alliance