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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog
    Nice bumbag you got there hillbilly
    The dodgy looking guy over his left shoulder seems more interested in his bum.

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    Is that dude hillbilly ??

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    ^It sure is, he has thread where he went to the last lot of protests.

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    Anupong the General is no friend of Toxins.

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    ^ With all due respect, AO, you should check again where his sympathies are said to lie...

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    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.
    If he arrives in CM he'd take a bus to BKK, right? I hope he doesn't fall asleep just to wake and find his bricks of Peruvian gold missing.

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    ANALYSIS
    Anupong's trump card for besieged Suvarnabhumi Airport


    By Avudh Panananda
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    The People's Alliance for Democracy has stooped down to a nastiest move to lay siege on Suvarnabhumi Airport in order to unseat the Somchai Wongsawat government.

    Its move is definitely unpopular and inflicts untold damage to the country although the PAD finally gets the undivided attention and gains a chokehold to topple Somchai.

    After PAD-led protesters took control of the airport at 9.00 pm on Tuesday's night, frantic negotiations has been inconclusive.

    The government is applying strong pressure on Army chief General Anupong Paochinda to intervene and clear protesters out of the airport. It wants to invoke the security law to empower Anupong to take charge of the crowd dispersal.

    The PAD also wants Anupong to intervene but for an entirely different reason. It is trying to convince him to either stage a coup or throw his support to the opposition movement.

    The government and the PAD both sees Anupong as having the trump card to decide the outcome of their fight.

    Immediately after returning from Peru today at about 7.00 pm, Prime Minister Somchai will hold a face-to-face meeting with Anupong.

    Anupong is expected to give his final answer on whether to assist the government to restore normalcy at the airport.

    At this juncture, it uncertain what Anupong's stand really is. He still has half a day to review his options.

    Based on his steadfast refusal to intervene in favour of the government, it is likely that he will not step in to ensure Somchai's survival.

    The People Power Party is working hard in trying to replace Anupong. But it is making no headway. There is no shortage of ambitious generals willing the serve as a government's lackey. But the crucial question is whether it is possible to succeed Anupong's leadership and redirect the Army within short notice.

    This leads to a dire scenario for Somchai. He may have no choice but to step down either by resigning or calling a snap election.

    If the prime minister decides to cling to office regardless of dire consequences, then it is possible that by tomorrow the Democrats will resign their House seats en masse in order to force the House dissolution.

    Somchai and his People Power Party are playing a high stake game to ensure survival as Anupong is about to show his trump card which can change the face of Thai politics.

    If the prime minister decides to cling to office regardless of dire consequences, then it is possible that by tomorrow the Democrats will resign their House seats en masse in order to force the House dissolution.
    there is nothing to stop the government from staying on in power if the Democrats resignes their seats.

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    Immediately after returning from Peru today at about 7.00 pm, Prime Minister Somchai will hold a face-to-face meeting with Anupong.

    Anupong is expected to give his final answer on whether to assist the government to restore normalcy at the airport.

    At this juncture, it uncertain what Anupong's stand really is. He still has half a day to review his options.
    Anupong has clearly made a mess of things by allowing PAD to take over the airport.

    The big question is will Somchai fire Anupong tonight?

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    This must be doing wonders for tourism down the road... Looks like this is going to be a fun for trip this time... I wonder what I'll be arriving to at the airport...?
    Now I know -- NOTHING!

    Flights all cancelled. Not even giving me the chance to rough it. Stuck with turkeys.

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    Stranded passengers evacuated to hotels around Suvarnabhumi airport


    At 2 pm Wednesday, airport officials evacuated stranded outbound passengers and transferred them hotels around the Suvarnabhumi International Airport.

    The officials apologised the tourists for the convenience caused.

    The tourists left on buses and vans at the exits on the fourth and first floors to the hotels provided by the officials.

    They were required to show tickets and register their names with the officials.

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    once the passengers are out the army can move in!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gjbkk View Post
    Immediately after returning from Peru today at about 7.00 pm, Prime Minister Somchai will hold a face-to-face meeting with Anupong.

    Anupong is expected to give his final answer on whether to assist the government to restore normalcy at the airport.

    At this juncture, it uncertain what Anupong's stand really is. He still has half a day to review his options.
    Anupong has clearly made a mess of things by allowing PAD to take over the airport.

    The big question is will Somchai fire Anupong tonight?
    Would Anupong accept being fired?

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    ^ sounds like Anupong is going to have to justify his position before the PM returns
    The PM left him in charge and look what has happened!
    He should go but would that trigger a coup!

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    ^ It is going to be interesting over the next few days

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    only in the big city...

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    PAD to block U-Tapao airport

    The People's Alliance for Democracy will mobilise its supportesr in eastern provinces to rally at the U-Tapao airport in anticipation that Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat will land at the airport at 5 pm Wednesday.

    A PAD leader announced at the rally site in Government House that protesters would urgently gather at the U-Tapao to try to block Somchai from leaving the airport if he lands there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gjbkk
    Anupong is about to show his trump card which can change the face of Thai politics.
    He is following Samak's example and hiding in the toilet

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrB0b
    Would Anupong accept being fired?
    If so inclined, he would "resign" with less political fallout. Government can then name a replacement who would be subject to Royal "approval" before he could take office.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gjbkk View Post
    Stranded passengers evacuated to hotels around Suvarnabhumi airport

    The officials apologised the tourists for the convenience caused.

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    I'm sure they meant inconvenience, didn't they?

    Well, with the stranded tourists out of the way, that kind of clears up the airport of innocent bystanders, doesn't it? I'm not advocating any sort of massacre. I just mean that aside from the hapless airport employees who might still be there, the people now occupying Suvarnabhumi are PAD. And they're armed, creating a public nuisance, and are a general menace. It seems like Anupong's running out of excuses.

    And I know that he can't just be sacked, but FFS, sack the bastard. The dog wags the tail, doesn't it? Or is that a stupid question?

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    There are reports PAD have taken over the control tower at the airport. I am trying to verify this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gjbkk
    protesters would urgently gather at the U-Tapao
    They better hurry. A couple of hour drive from Bangkok to U-Tapao. Then there are those pesky toll gates to slow them down. Not to mention U-Tapao is essentially a military installation and likely PAD will have a little problem getting a gate pass. Oh and one last bit to keep in mind. U-Tapao has a few helicopters. Think ole Somchai is playing Roadrunner to not so Wiley Coyote Sondhi.
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    No doubt the PAD leaders have a contingency plan up their sleeve if the police, or even the army, threaten to remove them by force. I would expect them to say something like they would blow up the control tower of something like that which would render the airport inoperable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gjbkk View Post
    There are reports PAD have taken over the control tower at the airport. I am trying to verify this.
    from Bangkok Pundit by Bangkok Pundit
    SMH reports:
    "The PAD has completely taken control of Suvarnabhumi Airport so any airline that wants to take off or land must seek permission from us directly,'' said Chaiwat Sinswuwong, one of the leaders of the People's Alliance for Democracy.


    "We have allowed one flight for the Hajj (Muslim pilgrimage) to take off, but not others'' he added.


    Staff had been asked to leave the control tower at the airport because of the closure, said Puttawan Noirod, a spokeswoman for Aeronautical Radio of Thailand, which controls air traffic across the country.


    "First Airports of Thailand told us that the airport would be closed until midday but then they informed us that the airport will not operate the rest of the day," Puttawan told AFP.
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    At least 3000 passengers were stranded at the airport as anti-Government protesters maintain control of the building.


    "I decided to shut down services after the protesters broke the door on the fourth floor of the terminal and stormed into the departure lounge. I had no alternative," airport director Saereerat Prasutanont said.

    BP: ABC (Australia) also reports they have taken over the control tower.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gjbkk
    There are reports PAD have taken over the control tower at the airport
    On Singapore news and Al jazeera

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    Quote Originally Posted by good2bhappy View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by gjbkk
    There are reports PAD have taken over the control tower at the airport
    On Singapore news and Al jazeera
    Watching some good footage on the BBC.

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