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    PAD & the Occupation of Government House

    Protesters lay siege to Thai television station
    By SUTIN WANNABOVORN
    26th August 2008

    BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) — Dozens of anti-government protesters armed with knives, guns and golf clubs stormed a TV station and briefly forced it off the air Tuesday, while thousands more peacefully laid siege to government ministries, witnesses and local media said.

    Members of the People's Alliance for Democracy stormed the government-controlled National Broadcasting Services of Thailand studios in the Thai capital, forcing it to shut down for a few hours before police arrested the 50 to 80 protesters without incident, the broadcaster said.

    Hundreds more activists protested unarmed outside the gates of the media compound.

    As many as 8,000 more PAD supporters were peacefully protesting outside the gates of several government ministries including the main Government House, preventing employees from entering the offices, witnesses and local media reported.

    "We are now controlling most of the key government offices to prevent them from coming to work," said Sondhi Limthongkul, a co-leader of the PAD. "Today, we declare a long, long holiday for the government."

    Top military officials assured the public they would not launch a coup, as they did in response to large anti-government protests in 2006.

    Outside of Bangkok, protesters said they had blocked three main highways leading into the capital.

    The protests are the latest effort by the PAD to force Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej's government from office. The PAD contends Samak is a proxy for former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who was ousted in the 2006 coup and has sought self-imposed exile in England.

    Samak, whose party won national elections last December, has refused to step aside and insisted as late as Monday that anti-government protests would not impact Tuesday's cabinet meeting.

    But by Tuesday morning, the government announced that it was moving the weekly meeting from Government House to the military headquarters to avoid the protests, deputy government spokesman Natawut Saikau said.

    Boonsrang Niempradit, the ceremonial chief of the armed forces, played down the demonstrations and dismissed suggestions that the military would take action against them.

    "I think police are still able to control the situation so there is no need to send the soldiers out to stop the protesters," Boonsrang said.

    Gen. Anupong Paochinda, the country's powerful army chief, also reassured the public that the military would not stage a coup, adding that the latest crisis can be solved politically.

    Anti-government protesters since May have disrupted traffic in pockets of the capital demanding that Samak and his Cabinet resign. While boisterous and sometimes an annoyance for motorists, the protests have rarely turned violent and have never grown to the level they were in 2006 when Thaksin was ousted.

    PAD leaders have painted Tuesday's protest as the final showdown against the government and have vowed to continue agitating until Samak steps down.

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    Re: Protestors Storm TV Station

    Protesters storm into Finance Ministry
    Protesters led by the People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) seized the office of Finance Ministry on Rama VI road at 11.39am Tuesday. The protesters broke the fourth door of the office of Bureau of the Budget at the ministry and raid into the ministry. It was the second government agencies seized by the protest after the protester had seized the NBT channel early Tuesday morning.


    News anchorman Kitti punched by protesters
    News anchorman Kitti Singhapad said he is now safe after being attacked by protesters during a commotion at the NBT station on Tuesday morning. Kitti said he went to observe around the People's Alliance for Democracy's rally this morning because he had long good relationship with the PAD's leaders. He did not think any bad thing would have happened to him. he was hit by a punch and poured water on. However, when the protesters saw him, they booed at him before tried to hurt him. Kitti said the protesters misunderstood that guards of People's Alliance for Democracy took him into their custody so many attacked him by pouring water on him and booing him. He said the guards helped him out of the scene during which he was punched one time. He thanked PAD security staffs who helped him get out to a taxi.

    PAD protesters storming Metropolitan Police

    At 11.15 am, protesters led by the People's Alliance for Democracy have broken passed the headquarters gate of Metropolitan Police Bureau on Sri Ayutthaya Road. Metropolitan Police commissioner Lt General Asawin Kwanmuang is trying to negotiate with protesters to back out of the police compound and not raid the headquarters building.

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    Them or us' PAD Demo

    Them or us'
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    The People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) is betting its future on Tuesday's showdown with the government with confidence that Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej and his cabinet will be toppled.

    Calling today's showdown "the last whistleblow", Sondhi Limthongkul, one of the PAD leaders said: "If we fail this time, we'll quit and surrender the country to them. When people don't care about us, we won't have to care about them. Let others take over the country."

    But the group, which has staged the protest rally since May 25, will face defiance from the prime minister, who refused to bow to any move outside parliament to force him to step down.

    The government came to power legally and the only way to remove it from power should be through parliamentary means, Mr Samak said.

    "As prime minister, I am duty-bound to keep law and order in the country. Demonstrations must be kept within legal limits. If they go beyond those limits, the law enforcers will take action," Mr Samak said.

    Mr Sondhi expected 300,000 PAD supporters to turn up today but police estimated the rally would draw only tens of thousands.

    The PAD's strategy is to paralyse the administration and the country. It includes the seizure of Government House and all ministries along Ratchadamnoen avenue , disrupting two airports in Phuket and Hat Yai, and blocking roads, according to Mr Sondhi.

    "Today's protest is an extraordinary one. We will do everything possible to make sure the state mechanisms stop working. But we will not do anything to cause trouble to the people," Mr Sondhi said.

    A unit of about 100 Arintharat commandos have now been sent in to secure Government House.

    Mr Samak called the PAD's actions unreasonable and said they could hurt the country's economy.

    "People have started to panic. This is too much. But I will try my utmost to be patient," he said.

    He confirmed that the cabinet meeting would proceed as usual today despite the rallies and denied suggestions the government would resort to violent means to break up the rallies.

    Jatuporn Promphan, a People Power party MP, ridiculed the PAD's claimed final campaign, saying it was simply an attempt to make an early exit from their activities.

    Metropolitan police chief Pol LtGen Aswin Kwanmuang said police would not block protesters' movements and would help manage traffic flow.

    "Police units will be in place to facilitate movement, not to break up the rally," Pol Lt-Gen Aswin said.

    Police spokesman Pol Maj-Gen Surapol Thuanthong said the national police chief has told officers to be patient in the face of the demonstrations.

    Special Branch police chief Pol LtGen Thiradet Rodphothong said people from Chon Buri would form the largest number of demonstrators in Bangkok.

    The protest would be joined by 2,000 to 3,000 staff of the Provincial Electricity Authority, according to Phien Yongnoo, chairman of the labour union of the Metropolitan Electricity Authority.

    But Sirichai Mai-ngam, chairman of the labour union of the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand, said the PAD leaders have not yet approached them to join today's protest.

    "We will wait to see the situation before making any move," he said.

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    Re: Protestors Storm TV Station

    I hate all leaders of this fake Thailand's People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) as they created conflict among Thais. They haven’t really supported for democracy in Thailand at all
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    Protesters enter Government House

    Protesters enter Government House
    By The Nation

    Police watched helplessly as hundreds of protesters stormed into the Government House on Tuesday.

    Some protesters climbed over the side gates to enter the Government House while some others used bolt cutters to break the chains tied at the gates at 1.50pm.

    The protesters were led by Chamlong Srimuang, a co-leader of People's Alliance for Democracy which led the protest against the Samak Government.

    Police who was deployed at the Government House watched helplessly as the unarmed protesters moved into the compound.

    The protesters however now sit on the lawns. Police blocked them far from the Government House buildings.

    A leader of the protest said the protesers have no intention to break the properties of the Government House.

    He said they just wanted to use the shades to avoid the heat outside.

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    There will no coup : Gen Anupong

    There will no coup : Gen Anupong
    By The Nation

    The Army gave an assurance on Tuesday that it will not stage a coup following the chaos caused by protests against Samak Government.

    Army Commander in Chief Gen Anupong Paojinda insisted the army will not intervene into the situation.

    The army chief was speaking after the protesters led by People's Alliance for Democracy stormed and seized National Broadcasting Television office on Vibhavadi Rangsit Road on Tuesday morning.

    The general asked people not to be panic and spent their lives as usual.

    The main protest is at the Government House where tens of thousands of protesters surrounded the venue. The cabinet meeting has to move from the Government House to Supreme Command headquarters on Chang Wattana Road. The meeting is scheduled to start at 10.30am.

    Meanwhile an informed source said that Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej left his residence at about 8.30am to unknown place.

    The source said Samak reportedly telephoned to Gen Anupong to check the situations from time to time.

    PAD-led protests have scattered around the capital. One is at the police headquarter and others at ministries of Transportation, Agriculture and Cooperatives and Finance.

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    Re: There will no coup : Gen Anupong

    My opinion is – PAD haven’t really supported for democracy in Thailand at all. And I hopefully they will now stop that.
    " Every morning dedicate positive things, and during the whole day make a wish that we will always be of benefits to sentient beings. We will be helpful to any being in different ways."

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    Oopsie... PM - Patience near the end

    PM: Patience near the end
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    Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej announced Tuesday that government restraint is almost over in its dealings with the PAD, and would do all it can to restore peace to the country.

    Mr Samak said he gave Interior Minister Kowit Wattana - ex-national police chief -direct control of police to restore order.

    "I assigned Pol Gen Kowit to oversee the national police office and the Interior Ministry," Mr Samak said in an address carried on national television. "Police will use all means to restore normalcy as soon as possible. Police will take decisive action against the protesters."

    The premier added he would look at several other ways to quell the unrest such as security bills.

    "I do not want to spoil the atmosphere now," he said. "I do not want the government to be branded as those using their power to suppress the protesters."

    He then vowed to stay on as the premier.

    "I will not resign, I will stay to protect this country," he said.

    Mr Samak also called on supporters of People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) to reconsider their action and return home to avoid trouble.

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    Re: PM: Patience near the end

    Police order protesters out of Government House by 6pm

    Police ordered protesters who are now in the Government House to leave the compound by 6pm or to be removed.

    Deputy police spokesman Pol Maj Gen Surapol Tuanthong told reporters, "The protesters must leave the government compound before 6:00pm, otherwise they will be asked to leave."

    "They have caused disorder and breached the law."

    The order came after Police chief Pol Gen Patcharawat Wongsuwan held talks with Deputy Prime Minister Pol Gen Kowit Wattana.

    Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej has assigned Kowit to handle the protests which was led by People's Alliance for Democracy. The protests seized many government agencies including the Government House.

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    Re: PM: Patience near the end

    PAD to continue laying seige on gov't installations for three days


    People's Alliance for Democracy spokesman Suriyasai Katasila on Tuesday said protesters would continue to lay seige on Government House and other installations for three days.

    "We will not waver in the Thai Khu Fah plan to force the prime minister to step down," he said.

    On Wednesday, the PAD will step up pressure by cutting electricity and water supplies at key government installations, he said.

    Should the government insist on clinging to power, the PAD will prescribe stronger measures, he said.

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