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25 November 2008 :: 15:11:47 pm 39922

Suvarnabhumi Airport Closes as Protesters Storm Through Police Lines

BANGKOK, Nov 25- Civil aviation authorities in the Thai capital closed Suvarnabhumi Airport on Tuesday night after hundreds of anti-government protesters broke through police lines and flowed into the busy terminal, disrupting airport operations, in an attempt to stop Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat from returning to the country.
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The premier had attended the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in the Peruvian capital of Lima, and is flying from there for home.

Acting Airports of Thailand (AoT) president and Acting Suvarnabhumi Airport Director Serirat Prasutanont announced shortly after 9pm that the airport cancelled all departing flights.

For the time being incoming flights are still arriving, but airport operations have been greatly disrupted.

The airport chief said in a statement that airport authorities had tried to negotiate with the protesters.

Flights out of the airport have to be cancelled temporarily for the safety of passengers, until the situation returned to normal, said Mr.Serirat.

The Government Spokesman Nattawut Saikua announced earlier that the premier, a brother-in-law of deposed prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, would return to Thailand via an alternate port of entry, due to the PAD protesters surrounding the airport.

The second day of the anti-government People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD)’s latest protests turned violent as PAD protesters opened fire and shot on government supporters on Bangkok’s Vibhavadee Road leading to the government’s temporary headquarters.

Police said at least ten people were wounded, and several motorcycles torched in the attack.

The key PAD leaders vowed to topple the government by Wednesday. (TNA)

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Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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