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    Re: Major Protest Rally in Bangkok

    PM: 5 PAD leaders will be arrested

    (BangkokPost.com) - Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej said he has ordered the arrest of five leaders of the People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) that led protesters to lay siege on Government House and government ministries Tuesday morning.

    He also confirmed at a televised press conference for foreign media that about 85 people, accused of seizing control of the state-run National Broadcasting Services of Thailand (NBT) television station were detained this morning.

    Meanwhile, deputy police spokesman Surapon Thuanthong said police will ask for approval of arrest warrants for the PAD core leaders on Wednesday.

    He added that police have gathered evidence against them since May 25.

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    FTI chief urges PAD not to stage violence

    Federation of Thai Industries (FTI) chairman Santi Vilassakdanont on Tuesday called on the People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) not to stage any violence because it could damage the country's image.

    He said ongoing rallies staged by PAD-led demonstrators at several key state facilities, including the seat of the government, could affect the country's image and undermine investor confidence.

    He urged the foreign ministry and state agencies concerned to explain the situation to investors and foreigners for their proper understanding.

    The FTI chief said media members around the world are monitoring and covering the incident closely.

    So, he wanted to call on the demonstrators and police not to resort to any violence to prevent an escalation of the incident, he said. (TNA)

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    Re: Major Protest Rally in Bangkok

    Quote Originally Posted by Khun Don View Post
    Federation of Thai Industries (FTI) chairman Santi Vilassakdanont on Tuesday called on the People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) not to stage any violence because it could damage the country's image.
    A bit late for that! I think they have done more damage to the country and its reputation than Thaksin and Samak combined. I believe in the right to protest in a democracy, but the core leaders are fanatics who have personal scores to settle. A lot of Thai people I have spoken to don't want anything to do with these protests as they believe that they have gone too far. They are also large groups who are bored with all the politics on the news every day.

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    Situation will return to normalcy 'in 24 hrs'

    (BangkokPost.com) - Government spokesman Wichienchote Sukchotirat said Tuesday government officials will be able to go back to work on Wednesday.

    "Government House will open for business no later than Wednesday and everything will be backed to normal in 24 hours," he said in the evening.

    His statement came despite the fact that thousands of anti-government protesters besieged the government compound in the afternoon and declared that they would not leave until the cabinet is toppled.

    Pol Lt Gen Wichienchote denied to say how the government will take control of the situation, saying that the government would like to keep it confidential.

    He also said that Prime Minister Samak will not introduce emergency decree to quell unrest, saying that the premier believes that protesters would understand the situation better and would leave the rally sites.


    From "The Nation"

    Anti-government protesters occupy compound of the Government on Tuesday night.//Sakol Sandhiratne
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    Re: Major Protest Rally in Bangkok

    Thanks to all of you sharing stories from being in BKK... keep them coming as you have updates so those of us on the outside have a more accurate picture of what is going on!

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    Re: Major Protest Rally in Bangkok

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    PAD has gotten too far ahead of itself
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    Thailand returned to the brink yesterday, and this time we cannot say it was because of a belligerent prime minis¨ter blinded by power or irrational mobs armed with clubs and stones. The socalled "D-Day" of the People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) began badly at dawn, and when darkness fell, threats of violence were more real than ever.


    The question is who should take the blame if blood is spilled, if Thais again resort to killing Thais. With most, if not all, key contentious political issues now in the hands of the courts, the PAD's highly provocative action yesterday was completely uncalled for. The group's actions - including briefly seizing control of a television station, invading government offices and occupying Government House - belied the PAD's own claims of nonviolence.


    Although the movement may have shot itself in the foot, that is the least of the problems. The consequences from yesterday's events could be far beyond the collapse of an ideological grouping whose motives have gone from clear-cut to incomprehensible. There could have been - and may still be - a bloodbath. The military could come in and this time set back democracy for real.


    Media organisations' stinging rebuke of the PAD's actions should serve as a warning, not least because it comes from press umbrella groups that have been largely sympathetic to the PAD's cause. The movement has started to be seriously questioned, because Thailand has been trying to break through the political impasse with the help of a judiciary that has demonstrated remarkable integrity and independence.


    As a civic group, the PAD has the right to protest peacefully. Yesterday, its leaders may have bitten off more than they can chew, because they were suddenly no longer all about protecting the public interest, but rather about determining who should stay and who should go aside from Thaksin Shinawatra. The intentions may still be noble, but yesterday's means was anything but.


    We can only pray it was a mere slip, and in the end good sense will once again prevail. The Samak government's response to the high-tension chaos was commendable, and the prime minister for once refrained from being his own belligerent self. But despite yesterday evening's superficial calm at Government House and Samak's unusual composure, threats of violence remained very real last night.


    Politically, the PAD went too far. Democratically, the movement got too far ahead of itself. The danger of all of this is simply violence that could spiral out of hand, which could then destroy the very things the PAD has pledged to serve and protect.

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    6 protesters injured as 1,000 police break into Government House

    At least six people were injured during a clash with over 1,000 commando police armed with shield and baton broke through protesters' line into the Government House early Wednesday. The injured protesters were sent to Watchira Hospital. They were hit during the clash with police at 3:10 am. The policemen broke through the line of protesters at the Phitsanulok Gate. They later confronted protesters inside the Government House's compound.

    Police back off from confrontation with protesters

    At 6 am Wednesday, commando police pulled out of the Government House compound, backing off from confrontation with protesters there. Protesters at the Makkhawan Rangsan bridge started moving to join the protesters inside Government House after the police forces left.

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    Re: Major Protest Rally in Bangkok

    some people have asked me if I've seen anything going on in Chiang Mai - so far, absolutely nothing.

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    Re: Major Protest Rally in Bangkok

    I was just at Tiwanon and Cheangwattana. Business as usual. From my discussions with the Thai, most people are frustrated with these demonstrators though.

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    Re: Major Protest Rally in Bangkok

    I am a Singaporean living in Thailand. Saw the protestors march pass victory monument yesterday. I was just wondering... who do the majority of the people in Thailand support? Wasn't this the governement the people voted for not long ago? I so sorry. pardon my aphety

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