Pattaya Daily News

26 November 2008 :: 21:11:33 pm 28138

PAD Rally at U-Tapao Airport A Wasted Trip

The political crisis in Bangkok spilled over to the local region once again when at 6:00 pm. on 26th November many PAD members gathered at the U-Tapao airport ready to confront Thai PM Somchai Wongsawat should he choose to land there following his trip abroad to Peru.
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With a plentiful supply of food, water and many balloons the PAD positioned themselves in front of the Sirikit hospital and the airport entrance. Officials attempted to compromise with them.

Eventually word got out that the PM had landed at Chiangmai airport instead. The PAD members said they were really disappointed and left, as the airport officials breathed a sigh of relief.

Meanwhile in the latest development of the crisis which has paralysed Thailand, the army chief has intervened in the stand-off between the government and the PAD. General Anupong Paochinda has called for the government to dissolve parliament and call fresh elections and for the PAD to end its protests. The General also denied that he’s staging a coup.

However a government spokesman said the PM had no plans to resign as he?d been democratically elected. The PAD have also shown no signs of ending its acivities.

Local businesses in Pattaya are becoming deeply concerned that with the high season nearly here, any failure to quickly re-open Suvarnabhumi Airport and end the political deadlock could have disastrous consequences for the tourist industry.

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : PDN staff   Category : Politics News

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