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12 April 2009 :: 11:04:29 am 27594

State of Emergency in Pattaya is cancelled

On April 11th 2009, following the state of emergency imposed in Pattaya by the government, business owners and the city mayor had requested the order be immediately rescinded. The prime minister removed the state of emergency within 6 hours.
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Mr. Ittipol Khunpleum, Pattaya city Mayor, said the red-shirted protesters had severely damaged Pattaya?s image over the last two days. It was unclear as to how long it would take for the city to get back to normal.

Mr. Ittipol also said everyone now has to learn to cope with the situation, in a time when one of the most well known tourist attractions in Thailand was already suffering badly.

Mr. Suporn Sahusrungdri, an advisor to the Business and Tourist Association revealed that, besides the declaration of the state of emergency, the actions of the protesters had already reduced many hotel reservations from 70% to 20%.

Finally, the prime minister, Mr. Abisit, who was the first of the leaders to be air lifted away by helicopter, said that whoever was responsible for this damage to Thailand’s reputation was an enemy of the country. He said he would never forgive them, no matter what his position may be in the future.



Arismun Pongruengrong was arested

The leader of an anti-government protest that forced cancellation of a summit in Pattaya,Thailand was arrested this morning [Sunday, 11 April] and charged with instigating people to break the law, police said.

Arismun Pongruengrong was being interrogated after his arrest at his residence, a police spokesman said. Maj. Gen. Suporn Pansuea, the police spokesman said they can detain Arismun without charge for 24 hours, but are considering asking the court to extend the detention period. .

Arismun led demonstrators to storm the Royal Cliff Beach Resort on Saturday where Asian leaders were to meet, forcing the indefinite postponement of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit, authorities said. .

The incident forced Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva to declare a state of emergency in Chonburi province and the southern coastal city of Pattaya, where the summit was to be held. He rescinded the order hours afterward. .

The demonstrators flooded into the summit site after smashing through the hotel’s glass doors, but were otherwise nonviolent. Hundreds of them streamed in, without police interference. Protesters hugged the officers and shook their hands. .

The red shirts have given the prime minister repeated deadlines to resign, but those have come and gone. .

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he was disappointed by the summit’s delay. .

“I understand the circumstances that led the Thai government to take this difficult decision. While I had hoped to have exchanges with the leaders of ASEAN and its dialogue partners, I continue to look forward to engaging again with them in the near future,” Ban said.

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Politics News

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