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    Thai protesters block Suvarnabhumi airport road

    Thai protesters block airport road

    By Nopporn Wong-Anan

    BANGKOK (Reuters) - Protesters blocked the expressway to Thailand's main international airport on Tuesday, the latest twist in an increasingly desperate six-month campaign to unseat the elected administration.

    Channel 3 television said the People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) protesters had obstructed all but one lane of the multi-lane expressway to Suvarnabhumi airport, the main gateway for 13 million tourists who visit each year.

    Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat, who has rejected PAD demands he resign, is due to return on Wednesday from an Asia-Pacific summit in Peru.

    Earlier, the protesters surrounded Bangkok's old Don Muang airport, north of the city, where ministers have been running the country since the PAD invaded Government House in August.

    "It is time to make a clear-cut choice between good and evil, between those who are loyal and traitors," PAD leader Somsak Kosaisuk told 10,000 yellow-shirted supporters waving hand clappers and shouting anti-government slogans.

    Domestic flights were operating as usual from Don Muang, and there was no disruption to road or rail services despite a strike called by state sector unions in support of the PAD.

    Any serious labour disruption would deepen the economic impact of the long-running political crisis, which has stymied government decision-making and raised fears about the export-driven economy's ability to cope with a global crisis.

    The government forecast this week that the economy would grow just 4.5 percent this year, its slowest rate in seven years.

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    Just saw on bbc a guy stand up from the back of a truck and pull out a pistol and fire off all the rounds...he was pointing it at people.

    Funny thing was about it though...when he ran outa bullets and ducked down, the second line of defence popped up with his slingshot and stones......fucking monkies.

    And to think I got banned from TV for calling them monkies....
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    Chitown pauses and checks the baht exchange rate........ok I 'm back.

    These idiots would have been jailed long ago in any other country.

    Seriously, Can anyone help me understand why they are getting a continual pass on their criminal actions?

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    Domestic flights were operating as usual from Don Muang, and there was no disruption to road or rail services despite a strike called by state sector unions in support of the PAD.
    Exactly what I've always said, labour unions in Thailand are mostly top-down, not reflecting the interests or opinions of their members at all. We've seen this several times, their leaders declared they would go on strikes but nobody followed..

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    Bangkok protesters fire on rivals


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    Anti-government supporters were seen firing shots - footage courtesy of TPBS

    Thai anti-government protesters have fired shots at government supporters, in the capital Bangkok, injuring at least six people.
    The incident happened on a road leading to the city's old airport.
    People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) protests have been going on for several months. The group is occupying the airport and several official buildings.
    They want the resignation of the government, which they accuse of being corrupt and hostile to the monarchy.
    Anti-government demonstrators have also blocked the main highway leading to the Suvarnabhumi international airport.
    They are hoping to prevent Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat, who had refused calls for his resignation, from returning from his visit to the Apec summit in Peru.
    'Final battle'
    Footage of the violence, aired by public broadcaster TPBS, showed shots being fired from a truck into crowds after rocks were thrown from the ground.

    Thousands of people are taking part in anti-government protests

    At least two handguns could be seen and people standing with the gunmen raised up a picture of the revered Thai king, whom the PAD claim to be supporting. Protesters could be seen running across the empty multi-lane road and setting fire to a motorbike.
    A man was also seized by pro-government supporters and what appeared to be a large knife was held to his throat.
    TPBS said its cameraman had been threatened at the scene and that PAD personnel attempted to seize his tape.
    PAD protesters have converged on Bangkok's old Don Muang international airport, from where the cabinet has been operating since its offices were occupied.
    Organisers say the protest is a "final battle" to bring down the government.
    The BBC's Jonathan Head in Bangkok says the government appears to have followed a strategy of allowing PAD to attack government buildings while avoiding clashes, in the hope that it will wear the protesters down.
    But many ordinary Thais are sick of the protests and the PAD appear to be losing steam, says our correspondent.

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    I don't believe the story DD.

    After all Rattanaburi says the PAD are peaceful tree huggers and all that feel good stuff.

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    Anyone wonder if the Red-shirt thugs perhaps switched shirts to Yellow in order to discredit PAD?

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    Would it really matter to the average tourist arriving at the airport and seeing all those protestors and some with guns?

    Another bumper tourist season on its way.......

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    BoT wants govt to boost export, tourism
    Bank of Thailand (BoT) governor Tarisa Watanagase said Thailand has yet to experience direct impact from the global financial turmoil, as the excess liquidity in the market is around 1.5 trillion baht.

    However, Mrs Tarisa admitted the liquidity in local commercial banks has slightly tightened because deposit growth is slower than credit growth.

    She said the export and tourism segments have slowed down, and this could lead to more unemployment. However, she believed the current economy is not as fragile as in 1997 when a recession occurred.

    The political crisis has resulted in less effectiveness of the monetary policy, she added.

    Meanwhile, former BoT governor and ex-finance minister Pridiyathorn Devakula said the global economic slump is more important than the local political conflicts.

    He said the economic situation has yet to reach the lowest point, and it is imperative for the government to manage the Ministry of Finance, the central bank, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the National Economic and Social Development Board (NESDB) well during this period.

    Although the political situation has yet to settle, relevant state agencies must quickly stimulate the sluggish export and tourism businesses, as they are the main drivers of Thailand's economy, MR Pridiyathorn noted.

    According to his forecast, the export sector should expand around five per cent while the tourism segment would do satisfactorily if it increases about three to four per cent.

    He suggested that the government should not fully augment its budget deficit because it would hurt the financial status. He said the government needs into the consider the budget in the long run because it would take at least two years for the global economy to recover.


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    Civil unrest, difficulty in obtaining visas, 15+ dry days during holiday periods last year alone, overpriced accomodation and travel, weak GBP vs Thai Baht, many tourists murdered during their early days in Thailand, and to top it all, a healthy contempt towards tourists from the members of the service industry.


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    Shots fired

    Rival forces clashed on the road from Don Mueang airport on Tuesday and two people were wounded in the first exchange of gunfire between the PAD and UDD. CRISIS ROUNDUP
    "I can confirm that there were gunshots," a police colonel on the scene said.

    "There was a slight clash and two people were wounded."

    The violence began on the old Phaholyothin Highway, when supporters of the pro-government United Front of Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) threw stones at a truck carrying members of the People's Alliance for Democracy.

    The anti-government PAD members were returning from Don Mueang, where they have attempted to blockade the temporary seat of government.

    From their truck, the PAD members fired slingshots and then at least two pistols at the UDD members.

    The fight escalated, as the PAD truck turned to pursue the several dozen UDD supporters, firing at them.

    Two of the fleeing UDD members were shot in the incident.

    The PAD truck was apparently on the way to join about 1,000 PAD protesters who gathered in front of the armed forces headquarters on Chaeng Wattana Road on Tuesday, with more on the way. They aim to prevent a cabinet meeting rumoured to be scheduled for the building on Wednesday.

    The entrance and exit gates of the command headquarters were closed. Military guards, with two fire engines, have been deployed for security inside the compound.

    Meanwhile, the government remained in place and the army vowed there would be no coup.

    The PAD planned to submit a letter to Supreme Commander Gen Songkitti Jaggabatara, asking the military to take sides in the conflict.

    But they looked to be disappointed again.

    "The armed forces have agreed that a coup cannot solve our country's problems and we will try to weather the current situation and pass this critical time," army chief Gen Anupong Paojinda said.

    "The military will use all of its resources to prevent a clash," he said, but added that he was confident there would be no bloodshed.

    Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat was on his way back from the Apec summit in Peru. He will have to find new office space again; the PAD have seized his offices in Government House and at Don Mueang.

    In Lima, Mr Somchai told reporters that he will call a meeting of all relevant agencies as soon as he returns on Wednesday.

    He criticised the PAD's plan to gather at Suvarnabhumi airport when he arrives. The prime minister said this could cause considerable damage to the country and the PAD should think of the majority.

    But there is no sign that the government will resign. It has effectively gone into hiding, and appears non-functional but there is no sign that the protests will force it to step down as the PAD indicated it would.

    The PAD also stiffened its position again. Coordinator Suriyasai Katasila said there will be no negotiations with the government under any circumstances, because talks would be futile.

    He said the PAD’s plan is to stop the government from exercising its power by all means, including by besieging the alternative government headquarters at Don Mueang airport.

    He was reacting to a government offer to talk from acting prime minister Chavarat Charnveerakul, who proposed that Democrat party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva act as mediator at a neutral ground, the defence ministry.

    Democrat party secretary-general Suthep Thaugsuban said in this situation the government should either resign or dissolve the House of Representatives. (with news agency reports)


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    Reporters saw some 20 PAD guards running down from a sound truck when it reached in front of Soi Vibhavadi Rangsit 3 to chase after the taxi drivers.

    The clash occured at about 5 pm.

    The injured were rushed to the Paolo Memorial Hospital in Saphan Kwai area. Most of them were shot.

    The taxi drivers used red headbands threw objects as vehicles of the PAD when they driving past to the Suvarnabhumi airport.

    Seeing the guards armed with knives and sticks coming to them, the taxi drivers fled into the soi.

    The guards then damaged properties at the scene and set fire to three motorcycles.

    The guards also attacked a taxi motorcyclists and threatened to harm a cameraman of Thai PBS, who ran for his life.

    A taxi driver alleged that the PAD guards also fired at them.

    The taxi drive said PAD guards from a six-wheel truck and pick-up truck also joined the first group of guards to go berserk at the scene.

    Police were later deployed to check the scene for evidence.

    "Police came to check the traces of gunfire. They emptied their guns on us. Those injured were not taxi drivers but were passers-by and had nothing to do with the fight," the taxi driver said.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nawty View Post
    Just saw on bbc a guy stand up from the back of a truck and pull out a pistol and fire off all the rounds...he was pointing it at people.

    Funny thing was about it though...when he ran outa bullets and ducked down, the second line of defence popped up with his slingshot and stones......fucking monkies.

    And to think I got banned from TV for calling them monkies....

    It was on BBC,..I saw it also,...and a burning motorcycle,....and guys usings sticks hitting the motorcycle taxi driver while he was on his knees

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    another splendid contribution from Gaudente.

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    I don't believe a few protesters and even gunfights on the the airport road will deter tourists, we could market Thailand as a danger destination, one step up from the adventure destination, white water rafting is so fvckin old, lets move the exitement up a couple of notches.

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    Swampy's shut.

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    ^ That will deter tourists for sure!

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    SUVARNABHUMI CLOSED



    The Suvarnabhumi Airport has been ordered closed after PAD protesters seized key entrance and other areas.

    The Airports of Thailand has decided to close the Suvarnabhumi airport after PAD protesters entered passenger terminals.


    Now, there will not be out-bound flights. In-bound planes are being allowed to land for now, but can be diverted to key provincial airports if situations deteriorated.
    The order was issued by AOT chief Serirat Prasutanont. He made the decision out of safety concern after PAD protesters penetrated some passenger areas.
    How long the closure will last is not known.


    The People's Alliance for Democracy threatened earlier Tuesday night to close down the Suvanabhumi Airport completely after several thousand PAD protesteers blocked an entrance earlier in the day and caused turmoil for numerous passengers.
    As PAD protesters moved to surround Suvarnabhumi Airport where the plane carrying Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat was scheduled to land, the arrival of his plane from Peru was reportedly delayed due to technical problems.


    The estimated time of arrival has not been confirmed. Some sources said he could be arriving Wednesday evening.


    "We have tried to pressure the govฌernment for more than 50 hours but nothing has happened, so we need to step up our campaign by closing the airport to tell the world problems Thailand is facing," said PAD leader Sondhi Limthongkul at Government House Tuesday night.


    Before the closure order, the Airports of Thailand was Tuesday night mobilizing its officials to Suvarnabhumi to make sure no key operations will be disrupted. Travellers still can access the terminals through Bang Na -Trad highway, but the motory-way entrance has been crowded with protesters.


    Many travellers have already suffered inconvenience. AOT has also issued a statement pleading with the PAD.


    Somchai's plane failed to take off from Lima, Peru where he attended the APEC summit after the hydraulic lock of the plane's wheels failed to unlock.
    The technical repair was first expected to make Somchai's flight eight hours behind the schedule, making Somchai's arrival time to be around 7 pm.



    It was later reported that the repair work would be finished sooner so Somchai would arrive at 5pm.


    Somchai was scheduled to arrive in Bangkok at around noon on Wednesday. He is now expected to arrive at 7pm instead.


    The Public Relations Department said its reporter, Saksit Pradabsilp, reported from Peru that a hydraulic lock of the plane's wheel would not unlock, thus, preventing the plane from taking off.


    While PAD Tuesday split in groups and stage a rally to block a Cabinet meeting, Deputy Prime Minister Chaovarat Chanweerakul, as caretaker prime minister, still manฌaged to have a meeting with Interior Minister Kowit Watana and PM's Office Minister Supon Fongngam at the Public Relations Department headquarters at 9.30 am.



    Police and military representatives also attendฌed the meeting.
    Chaovarat said after the meeting that the police had assured they could handle the situation. They would be patient and would not use violence.

    Moreover, they would ask PAD to vacate the government's temporary office at Don Mueang Airport but would not "seize/ take back" the office, otherwise, bloodshed could erupt.


    Chaovarat said he would leave it to Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat to talk to the PAD leaders himself.


    They were looking for a new place to hold the Cabinet meeting when the PAD blocked the Supreme Command headquarters, he said.


    Meanwhile, a source who joined the meeting and asked not to be named, said police had told Chaovarat they would be able to control the situation as PAD protesters mainly demonstrated at Government House and Don Mueang Airport. Being left to rally as they wanted, demonstrators are likely to be exhausted on Wednesday with half of them likely to leave the rally.


    Security agencies would then wait until only a few protesters were left before taking action, the source said.


    Somchai's delayed arrival could be the reason for the cancellation of the scheduled Cabinet meeting, the source said.


    Culture Minister Worawat Uaapinyakul said PAD should care more about the country and stop besieging government agencies' offices as it would hurt the country. PAD's attempt was just power struggle, he said.


    "The (PAD's) behaviours are like bandits'. They are unacceptable. Why don't they respect democracy or listen to people's voice? Investors are withฌdrawing nowadays as they don't know what is happening in Thailand," Worawat said.

    The government has been forced not to use its power, Worawat said. However, it would continue working according to the democratic system. However, it would have to discuss where its office would be.


    He said the Cabinet would be able to use many other places as its office. However, the military should protect its dignity by not allowing PAD to siege government offices.


    Worawat said he would propose to Somchai to set up an office in Chiangmai as the people there would welcome the government.


    A government source, who asked not to be named, said the Secretariat of the Prime Minister had not prepared any office to replace the Don Mueang Airport as it needed to discuss the issue with the premier first.


    The source said it was time the prime minister exercised the law against the PAD. Otherwise, PAD would lay siege to any government offices.
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    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...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Muadib
    Worawat said he would propose to Somchai to set up an office in Chiangmai as the people there would welcome the government.
    Chiang Mai - the new center of government.

    Toxic could fly straight in.

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    Jesus, I know it's been said a billion times before but what a bunch of cvnts! Closing down the international airport, FFS? What's going to happen to Sondhi at the end of all of this? They oughta catapult him into Isaan somewhere.

    My ticket home for December is the tail end of a round-trip. I haven't bought my return ticket yet and I most definitely probably will... but this gives me pause. What's Vietnam like this time of year?

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    Thai Government Tells Army to Restore Order at Bangkok Airport

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    Thai Government Tells Army to Restore Order at Bangkok Airport

    Nov. 25 (Bloomberg) -- Thailand’s government called on the military to help restore order at Bangkok’s international airport after demonstrators stormed into the main terminal.
    “We are using non-violent measures but we may further step up our actions later,” government spokesman Nattawut Saikuar said today in a telephone interview from Bangkok.
    Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi airport was closed due to protests. The international airport canceled all departing flights after demonstrators surged into the terminal, the Associated Press reported.
    Earlier, thousands of anti-government protesters occupied Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat’s temporary office, three months after taking over the official Government House compound in central Bangkok.
    Anti-government protesters yesterday blockaded parliament, forcing lawmakers to abandon a legislative session, and threatened to confront Somchai at the airport when he returns from an Asia Pacific summit in Peru. The premier has rejected calls for his resignation, and police have avoided clashing with the protesters after an Oct. 7 incident at parliament in which two people died and 470 were injured.

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    Bangkok in almost anarchy as confrontation upgrades_English_Xinhua

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    BANGKOK, Nov. 25 (Xinhua) -- The "City of Angles" on Tuesday was in chaos as anti-government protesters seized the temporary administration seat -- Don Mueang airport, clashed with pro-government taxi drivers, forcing the Cabinet to indefinitely postpone its weekly meeting. The anarchy turned violent when protesters led by the People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) on Tuesday evening clashed with a group of pro-government taxi drivers on Vibhavadi Road, leaving at least 11 injured. Two of the taxi drivers suffered gunshot wounds.
    Initial investigation said one gun that made the shots was from the Government House in central Bangkok, where earlier reports said some weapons were missing since the PAD occupied the Government House from Aug. 26., according to a government spokesman.
    Police has set up checkpoints around the capital to hunt down the shooter.
    The Cabinet had to postpone its weekly Tuesday meeting after the PAD declared a seizure of the Don Mueang airport, now only for domestic and military use,
    Amid the chaos, Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat reaffirmed that he would not resign nor dissolve the House of Representatives in face of the PAD's "undemocratic and unconstitutional" movement in attempt to topple his government, government spokesman Nattawut Saikua said Tuesday.
    Somchai, brother-in-law of ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra, reiterated that his government was democratically elected and would not yield to any "undemocratic" pressure.
    The anarchy started when the PAD on Monday led thousands of protesters to besiege Parliament to block a joint Senate-House session, in an attempt to prevent discussion of amendments to the Constitution 2007, which was drafted and promulgated by the coup-makers.
    The PAD said the amendments would pave way for Thaksin and his allies' back to power.
    The PAD also laid besiege on other state establishments before moving on to siege the temporary government seat at the Don Mueang Airport after the scheduled parliamentary meeting was called off for Monday.
    Somchai was in Peru attending the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit when the PAD started the besiege on Monday. He was expected to fly back to Bangkok on Wednesday.
    The PAD then moved on to announce that it will attempt to closedown Suvarnabhumi airport -- the new Bangkok international airport and one of Asia's busiest air hub, in an attempt to topple the government.
    At 9:00 p.m (1400 GMT), airport authorities ordered the Suvarnabhumi airport to shut down its operation temporarily as the PAD protesters broke into the compound.
    The government now still stick to non-violent means in dealing with PAD protesters though it threatened to sue the PAD for its damage to state agencies.
    The PAD also pleaded the military for support but the top brass would not take sides.
    Army Chief Gen. Anupong Paochinda, who was among the key figures in the Sept. 19, 2006 coup that ousted Thaksin, said that the meeting by the military top brass have agreed that the military would not stage a coup as it would not solve the country's problems.
    Thaksin remained in self-exile after the coup. Thai Supreme Court sentenced him to two-year in jail for corruption charges last month, prompting the United Kingdom to revoke his visas for staying there. Thaksin then flied to Dubai and announced that he would return to politics to fight the injustice.

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