Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle issued the following statement in Madrid today (10 December) in response to what has been happening in Thailand:
I am worried about the potential for further escalation. We call on all those in positions of political responsibility to act with moderation and restraint so that the situation does not spiral out of control.
What is needed now is not confrontation, but political debate and dialogue within the constitutional framework.
Further violence and the spilling of yet more blood on the streets of Bangkok would be a serious setback for democracy, political stability and social and economic development in Thailand.
The Federal Foreign Office is regularly updating its travel and security advice in the light of developments in Bangkok and other Thai cities.
All travellers are urged to check the latest advice and observe it.