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    Amazing Thailand..The land of smiles... It would be the same as saying that Islam is a peaceful religion...

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    The turbulence at Bangkok International airport has caused problems for many Swedish tourists in Thailand.

    When several thousand protesters started an occupation of the airport in the capital of Thailand during the Tuesday many Scandinavians was affected.

    One airplane heading to Stockholm was able to take off before the airport was closed down but another airplane with Scandinavian tourists remained on the ground. 219 passengers as a result missed their flight to Copenhagen tonight.

    One airplane with 380 passengers from Sweden is currently on the way to Bangkok.

    - We do not know if the airplane will be able to land in Bangkok or if we have to go to another destination, says Magdalena Öhrn, information officer at travel agency Ving, to newspaper Dagens Nyheter.

    There is also several Scandinavian tourists that has missed other flights or been unable to reach the airport because of the occupation. Gunshot has been fired close to the airport, but no violence has been reported inside the departure hall.

    Thailand is the most popular destination among Swedish tourists. There is currently around 14 000 Swedes visiting the country. Most of them is however not dependent to flights from Bangkok International airport.

    Stockholm News: Hundreds of Swedes stranded in Thailand

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    My God....what a bunch of idiots. I guess the time of peaceful protests are long gone. You've got every ting tong out there throwing stones and yelling about democracy --- a concept that they clearly cannot comprehend.

    If I was a tourist, I would not be coming here on holiday, and would encourage others to stay away.

    What a bunch of monkeys!!!
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    I recommend going to New Mandala and reading the extract from Ungpakorn's latest statement: PAD back to form
    I especially like this part:
    "Airports are supposed to be high security areas. Thai airports are controlled by the Thai military. It is obvious that the Thai military, who staged an illegal coup in 2006, have quietly supported the actions of the PAD. It is obvious that the military is unwilling to provide basic security to air travellers and air crew. But they are happy to rake in huge salaries associated with their control of the Airports Authority. Foreign governments and airlines should reconsider whether the authorities in Thailand are willing to provide international standards of safety and security."

    Another thing- In addition to tacit backing by the military, the pantamit also seem to believe they can act with impunity because of their backing by certain Highly Placed Personages, who I won't name here because I am watching my P's and Q's (nudge, wink, say no more sir!).

    I think we are seeing the early throes of a major power struggle between two forces who each realize they have everything to lose. The yellow shirts and the red shirts are pawns in what appears to me to be a zero-sum game. As such, don't expect appeals to reason or concern for Thailand in the near term (current tourist season losses, loss of face at the ASEAN meeting, or exacerbation of next year's economic meltdown) to have much effect.
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    Last edited by watterinja; 26-11-2008 at 10:39 AM. Reason: wisdom, under the circumstances...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Muadib View Post
    Call me whatever you like, but I've just canceled my 4 week holiday to Thailand over Christmas / New Years holiday... I'll be damned if I'm going to go out by being shot by a monkey in a yellow shirt...

    Girl...

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    A group of people strategically located between the head choppers in the south, the relatives of Pol Pot to the east and burmese to the west......anyone really think they are much different deep down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Muadib View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Texpat View Post
    This government has
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    So, why is the government literally sitting on their thumbs and allowing the PAD to run amok throughout Bangkok???

    Is it fear of losing face in the world arena for oppressing protesters who appear to support the constitutional monarchy???

    This rag-tag bunch of hooligans need to have their ears pinned back and their collective asses kick out of Government House and all of their demonstrations actively squashed, period...

    I agree with the gentleman from Texas... No balls...
    Because the PAD want war, it's the only way they're going to get power and the government knows that and doesn't want to give them the opportunity. The government can't deal with the PAD effectively because the government have no reliable forces to back them up. The PAD's whole strategy is to provoke large-scale violence in the hope that the Army will come out on their side.
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    The next Prime Minister of Thailand?

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    Quote Originally Posted by watterinja View Post


    The next Prime Minister of Thailand?
    You owe me a keyboard.

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    And his photography staff...


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    It seems the PAD have even manged to piss off the formerly slavishly devoted Bangkok Post (though they still haven't quite figured out that shooting at people IS terrorising the public);

    Hurting the country
    Bangkok Post | Top Stories | Hurting the country

    The People's Alliance for Democracy's blockade of the Motorway entrance to Suvarnabhumi airport is a wrong and unnecessary move. EDITORIAL

    This ill-conceived disruption of one of the main roads leading to the country's most important international airport will get the PAD nowhere in its claimed agenda of toppling the government or any nominees of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, or making Thai politics less prone to manipulation by money barons.

    In fact, this move will only further erode the rapidly dwindling public support, a hard-earned provision that the protesters badly need especially at this critical juncture of its campaign.

    The damage to the PAD, however, cannot compare with that caused to the country. Suvarnabhumi airport is the main gateway to the Kingdom.

    The PAD's reason for the road blockage - to prevent Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat from returning home from Peru, where he has been attending the Apec summit - is ludicrous, as news reports say Mr Somchai will not be arriving in Bangkok until this afternoon, and he could very well choose to land elsewhere upon learning of the PAD's action.

    In fact, there are reports that authorities have prepared both U-tapao and Chiang Mai airports for the prime minister to land in case of emergency.

    So, the PAD's road block only serves to hurt ordinary Thais going about their business and foreigners coming to Thailand on vacation or business.

    The PAD's march on the Motorway entrance to the airport yesterday prompted members of its rival groups - the United Front of Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD) and the pro-Thaksin taxi drivers' association - to try a counter-attack.

    The resulting melee caused major traffic jams in and around the airport, resulting in extreme inconvenience for people who had to use the airport. This is absolutely not fair treatment for anybody at all.

    Beyond the day's immediate chaos, the impact of the PAD's reckless action on the country's tourism industry will be immense and difficult to rectify.

    Even before the PAD attempted its boneheaded move to partially block access to the civil airport yesterday, up to 14 countries had already issued advisories warning their citizens to avoid non-essential travel to Thailand, and to exercise caution if they do visit.

    According to Apichart Sankary, president of the Association of Thai Travel Agents, the protracted political tension is estimated to be costing the country 400 million baht each day in lost tourist revenue.

    The National Economic and Social Development Board (NESDB) has a similarly gloomy story to tell.

    Due to the higher cost of travelling and our domestic disturbance, foreign tourist arrivals were down 16.5% while the average rate of occupancy at hotels around the country dropped to 45%.

    Tourism-related revenue accounts for about 6% of the national economy, and had been forecast to reach about 700 billion baht this year - a goal that is unlikely to be met now.

    Put these figures into the context of real life and we will see a picture of so many people who depend on the industry for their livelihood, who will have to suffer more and more as those numbers keep going down.

    The PAD has the right to peaceful demonstration. But blocking access to an international airport does not fit that description.

    This latest action by the People's Alliance for Democracy comes closer to terrorising the public.

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    he needs a new shirt...looks like a chinese immigrant laundry worker.

    His photographer needs a dunce cap and a chalk board hanging from his neck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hillbilly View Post
    Gunshot has been fired close to the airport
    Checking the baht exchange rate now!

    Over 35 now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nawty View Post
    he needs a new shirt...looks like a chinese immigrant laundry worker.
    That's half right- I doubt he ever worked in a laundry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chitown View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by hillbilly View Post
    Gunshot has been fired close to the airport
    Checking the baht exchange rate now!

    Over 35 now.
    Keep your head down, a bloodbath is likely.

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    Anyone know if the airport will reopen later today?

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    ^ Like we'd know...

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    Hmmm.
    The dolly bird is supposed to be flying out tonight.
    Was quite looking forward to being a bachelor for a few days.....

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    About 3,000 passengers who have checked in for outbound flights at the Suvarnabhumi International Airport were still stranded Wednesday morning, the airport chief said.

    Serirat Prasutanon, director of the airport, said the passengers checked in before the besieging.

    He said the protests by the PAD prompted the airport to lose about Bt50 million of income daily.

    He said about 700 flights used the airport daily, but all were cancelled.

    He said all international flights were informed that the airport was closed. It would depend on their own decision where to direct their flights to.

    nationmultimedia.com - Thailand news, Breaking News, Politics, Business

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    ...The alliance said the airport would be shut down until Somchai quits. The prime minister was scheduled to return late Wednesday from an Asia-Pacific summit in Peru and would land at a military airport, officials said....

    The Associated Press: Protesters shut Thailand's international airport

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    Quote Originally Posted by hillbilly View Post
    And his photography staff...

    Well at least he made the effort and got dressed up for the occasion !

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    PAD means "People Against Democracy"

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    ^Old joke.

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