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26 August 2008 :: 13:08:15 pm 28352

Anti-Govt Protesters Storm NBT Television Station, Halt Broadcast

BANGKOK, Aug 26 - Hundreds of People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) demonstrators broke through the closed gates of the state-run NBT television station and stormed into the premises, halting all programmes, as other groups of the PAD rallies at Government House and the Ministry of Finance to press the government to resign.
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After breaking through the NBT gates, the protesters poured into the premises and seized the station. The government-sponsored channel was airing its morning news programmer showing the moment the protesters stormed into the station, for a moment only, as the station went off the air.

Earlier in the day, before dawn at about 5 am, a group of people raided into the station to try to gain control of the facility. Police eventually regained control of the building and arrested 80 of the raiders.

Police also seized guns, knives, golf clubs and mild drugs from the trespassing protesters.

Meanwhile, Sondhi Limthongkul a core leader of PAD announced at the so-called democracy movements main protest venue at Makkawan Bridge on Ratchadamneon Nok Road that the anti-government protesters had already taken control of the NBT television broadcast facility and that more PAD supporters were heading to join the group at the government television station’s compound.

Hundreds of anti-government protestors also rallied at Government House and blocked all gates to its premises in an attempt to bar the Samak government’s ministers from attending the weekly Cabinet meeting







The protestors also staged a demonstration at the Ministry of Finance and the Agriculture and Co-operatives Ministry, where the PAD has reportedly taken over the premises and asked the civil servants and senior officials to stop working. (TNA)

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Politics News

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