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Travelers to Thailand should take precautions and prepare for the possibility of airport closures, according to a Camp Zama Army Installation Management Command memo released to personnel Thursday.

Travelers should leave contact information with their commands in the event Pacific Command places a travel restriction on Thailand, the memo said.

The message stems from a U.S. Embassy Bangkok alert following the declaration of a state of emergency Wednesday. The United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship, or UDD, is holding mass protests and demanding that Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva hold elections.

The conflict stems from the removal of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra in 2006 in a nearly bloodless military coup. The pro-Thaksin UDD is at odds with the current ruling coalition.

“While the details of exactly what this will mean are not yet clear, all U.S. citizens should be prepared for an increase in security personnel presence on the streets of Bangkok and should obey any and all instructions from such personnel,” the embassy alert said.

The alert also encouraged U.S. citizens in Thailand to register with the embassy or State Department

For the latest travel alerts, visit www.travel.state.gov.

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