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Pattaya Daily News

07 April 2010 :: 14:04:15 pm 17719

Red Shirt Protesters Storm Thailand’s Parliament House

Anti-government protesters forcefully entered Thai parliament house on Wednesday, smashing through the gates of the government building, as mass-demonstrations continued to wreak chaos on the streets of Bangkok.
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Bangkok, the 7th of April 2010 [Pattaya Daily News]: Aimed at forcing the Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva to dissolve parliament, Thousands of red shirt protesters massed outside parliament gates this morning, forcing lawmakers to flee the scene, some jumping over the walls in an attempt to escape the confrontation.

At approximately 11:00am, hundreds of protesters, with the use of a truck, rammed through the gates, storming into the government compound. Due to the low number of lawmakers present, the lower house’s session had already been suspended and no violence has been reported at present.

Secretary General of the House of Representatives, Pitoon Pumhiran stated; “They used a truck to break the gate, but so far there is no violence yet.” Further adding, security officers and police were intensively monitoring the protestors to ensure a peaceful outcome to the latest incident.

Allegedly, Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva left the cabinet meeting upon hearing of the situation at parliament house and is reported to be ‘holed-up’ in a military barracks on the northern outskirts of Bangkok.

This latest incident follows the Thai cabinet’s decision to extend the tough new security law for a further two weeks, prompted by the red shirts refusal to leave the main commercial districts of the capital. This would then substantially alleviate the damaging effects that the rallies are having on the Bangkok and Thai economy. The current three week long protests and disturbances are estimated to have cost Thai businesses over Bt10 billion in revenue.

Further to the disturbances at parliament house, a series of grenade attacks have been reported in and around the city, one at the Democratic Party Headquarters injuring two police officers. A volatile homemade explosive device has also been successfully defused at the front gates to Bangkok’s Chulalongkorn University.

Reporter : John Weston   Photo : Internet   Category : Politics News

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