This message alerts U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Thailand that the United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (aka UDD, or the "red-shirts") plans to hold a demonstration in Bangkok on Sunday, January 9. Scheduled from approximately 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm, the demonstration is to begin at the Democracy Monument. Demonstrators will then reportedly move to the Rajaprasong area (around Central World), the site of protests in May 2010, where they plan to arrive sometime after 6:00 pm.

Streets surrounding the Rajaprasong intersection are expected to be filled with approximately 10,000-20,000 people in all directions. Many participants are expected to park their vehicles on the sides of Rajadamri and Ploenchit roads, impeding traffic throughout the area. Central World and Siam Paragon may also be affected and close early. We strongly suggest that you avoid these areas throughout the afternoon and evening of January 9, 2011.

We are not aware of any general, specific, or implied threat to U.S. citizens or U.S. interests throughout this period. However, even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possibly escalate into violence with little or no warning. As a precaution, you should avoid areas that may be targeted for demonstrations. Monitor local media to keep updated with the latest information about demonstrations and areas to avoid. Stay alert, and be cognizant of any unattended packages/bags in public/crowded places. Report any suspicious behavior to law enforcement personnel.