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    Re: Anti-Government Rally Pictures

    Students to boycott classes to save country

    The so-called Country-Salvage Youth Network planned to have about 4,000 member students stop attending classes on a long-term basis at over 80 campuses nationwide in bid to press for Prime Minister and Defence Minister Samak Sundaravej to step down, according to Wasant Wanich, a student activist.

    Khon Kaen University student Wasant, said the student network will call on its members and others to stop showing up at their normally-scheduled classes on a long-term basis.

    However, the activist students are yet to decide just how long they will remain absent from the classroom. Mr Wasant said that the parents of some of the students would understand, however.

    The Khon Kaen varsity student said the network will prove Mr Samak's comment -- that there are only "just a handful" of students wanting him to vacate the office -- to be wrong and that thousands of students will eventually come out in protest against his premiership.

    He said that the Country-Salvage Youth network will further discuss its plans to rise against Mr Samak on Tuesday.

    Mr Wasant also criticised university lecturers who had earlier warned against students joining the anti-government protests and said they simply had the right to do so. (TNA)

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    Re: Anti-Government Rally Pictures

    i could use some vacations too... for political reasons of course

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    Re: The Occupation of Government House

    Most Bangkokians prefer to stay neutral amid the turmoil

    PRASIT TANGPRASERT

    About 60% of Bangkokians say they remain politically neutral on the conflict between the People's Alliance for Democracy and the government, the latest Abac Poll reports. Assumption University pollsters questioned 2,005 people in Bangkok.

    The survey concluded that 65.9% of respondents had high confidence in the country's democracy despite the continuing political mayhem.

    About 12% were moderately confident, but 22.1% said their confidence was low.

    Asked about their political stance, 59.9% were neutral and chose to become the silent majority.

    Only 19.6% gave the government their full backing.

    The PAD did only slightly better, with 20.5% supporting the anti-government demonstrators cause.

    When asked about the best approach to deal with the situation, 85.1% said it should be non-violent and democratic, while 8.2% supported any means possible, even extreme measures.

    Only 6.7% had no opinion.

    A different survey in Nakhon Ratchasima found that the Samak Sundaravej government and the People's Alliance for Democracy have one thing in common_a lack of support in Korat.

    Results of the recent survey were released yesterday.

    Drumming up votes
    Democrat candidate Apirak Kosayodhin, above, who is seeking re-election as Bangkok governor, is accompanied by his wife Patima as he campaigns in Lumpini park, while People Power party candidate Prapas Chongsa-nguan, left, woos vendors and shoppers at Chatuchak market. The election is on Oct 5. — KOSOL NAKACHOL AND THITI WONNAMONTHA

    It found 65.8% of those questioned did not favour either side.

    The PAD was supported by 17.7%, while 16.5% favoured Mr Samak.

    The centre for teacher development studies, part of Nakhon Ratchasima Rajabhat University's faculty education, asked a sample of its students and local residents in various professions 10 questions about the political situation.

    Asked if they agreed with the government's proposed referendum as a means to end the problem, 49.4% said they did, while 47.4% gave it the thumbs down. The rest preferred not to give an opinion on the issue.

    When asked how Mr Samak should solve the problem, 39% said he should leave office for good, while 29% said House dissolution was the best answer.

    But 31.1% felt Mr Samak should continue working for the country.

    And 51.1% agreed that two coalition partners_the Ruam Jai Thai Chart Pattana and Puea Pandin parties which have up to 10 Korat MPs_should bid farewell to Mr Samak's People Power party.

    The education faculty's deputy dean in charge of academic affairs, Adisorn Naowanont, said the PAD was at risk of losing support if it did not make some compromises and kept pushing on with its ''New Politics'' policy, which he said was widely seen as being undemocratic.

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    Re: The Occupation of Government House

    Three options to end political deadlock : Senate speaker
    By The Nation

    There are three plausible options to end the ongoing political deadlock: the PM resignation, House dissolution, and an end to the anti-government rally, Senate Speaker Prasopsuk Boondet said Monday.

    His comment came after a mediating meeting on MOnday at the Parliament which resulted in the nomination of Finance Minister Surapong Suebwonglee, who is also the ruling People Power Party secretary general, as the government negotiator.

    The meeting concluded that both the government and the anti-government People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) must soften their stance and reach at some form of compromise in order to end the political deadlock.

    The PAD was not involved in the today talk yet but attempt is being made to get them on the table.

    The meeting which involved Prasopsuk and others including opposition leader Abhisit Vejjajiva and House speaker Chai Chidchob also led to the formation of an eight-person working committee.

    Prasopsuk also met Army commanderinchief General Anupong Paochinda after the meeting to inform him of the progress. Anupong then reiterate to the senate speaker that the military will not use force to quell the PAD protesters and that there will be no coup d' etat. The army chief then told Prasopsuk that he believes that the current intiative by the parliament is the best method to solve the problem.

    If Samak resigns, then a government acceptable to all sides could be established, said Prasopsuk, elaborating on the first option. The second option, involving the dissolution of the house, will automatically lead to a snap election. With option three, the PAD should end its protracted protest and its leaders submit itself to judicial review.

    Surapong was also asked to personally talk to the prime minister in order to reduce tension and confrontation. The meeting concluded that both sides have become too "aggressive" and both sides must compromise.

    The meeting was followed by a meeting amongst leaders of all major parties. Mun Patanothai, deputy premier and minister of Communication Technology and leader of Puea Pandin Party said they will meet again after Surapong have met with Samak.

    Pracharaj Party leader Snoh Thienthong said the meeting took place under a good environment by all parties and expect to see a breakthrough soon.

    However, Suwit Khunkitti, another senior politician, said the PM should consider resigning or dissolve the house to show his spirit especially if Samak cannot end the current crisis. Suwit cited Japan and Canada as examples.

    Surapong meanwhile said he's not worried about the task given to him and played down the suggestion of dissolution of the house as just another suggestion. He added that the ruling coalition was still solidly together.

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    Re: The Occupation of Government House

    82 who broke into NBT fail to get bail


    The eighty-two People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) supporters arrested by police for breaking into the state-owned TV station NBT last month were yesterday unable to submit their bail requests as three major insurance firms had refused to sell them bail-bond insurance.

    PAD lawyer Nitithorn Lamluea yesterday went to the Criminal Court to seek bail for the 82 PAD supporters, who say they are Srivijaya warriors, or PAD guards.

    But their bail requests were not met because the insurance firms refused to issue policies for them, providing no reasons why they had been rejected.

    Mr Nitithorn said he would seek an explanation from the Office of the Insurance Commission. He said their refusal to sell bail-bond insurance without giving a proper reason showed a weakness in the judicial system regarding the rights and liberties of suspects.

    Their lawyer will now turn to the relatives of the suspects to find assets for posting as bail surety. PAD supporters will also be asked whether they could help them.

    The 78 men and four women were arrested for raiding the government-run station and forcing NBT staff to stop working on Aug 26.

    A source said the three insurance firms are Viriyah Insurance, Syn Mun Kong Insurance Plc and Union Prospers Insurance Co (Sahamongkol Insurance).

    Metha Maskhao, secretary-general of the Campaign Committee for Human Rights, has called on the court to reduce the bail amount for the 82.

    The required 200,000 baht bail for each of them is too much, said Mr Metha.

    Deputy national police chief Pol Gen Jongrak Juthanont said yesterday police had reduced the riot control force in place around Government House from 3,300 to 2,250.

    PAD leader Chamlong Srimuang yesterday dismissed reports that a number of demonstrators had fallen ill because of poor food and a shortage of toilets.

    However, some PAD leaders were forced to skip press interviews because of sore throats, he said.

    Dr Kriangsak Liewchanpattana, a former lecturer at the Prince of Songkla University's faculty of medicine and serving as a doctor at the gathering site, said about 200 demonstrators a day had sought treatment from him for various ailments. They mostly had sore throats, headaches, colds and body pains. A few had foot fungus.

    A source said the PAD yesterday scrapped its plan for a forum to discuss its proposed ''new politics'' _ 70% appointed MPs and 30% elected MPs in the House of Representatives.

    PAD had earlier planned to break into the Santi Maitri Building in the Government House to hold the forum.

    Members of the 'Young PAD' protest group will today start three days of classroom boycotts to pressure Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej to resign.

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    PAD supporters cheer after verdict against PM

    (BangkokPost.com) - The atmosphere at Government House occupied by the supporters of the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) was suddenly animated after the Constitution Court ruled that Prime Minister and Defence Minister Samak Sundaravej is guilty of violating the charter by hosting two cooking shows on commercial television.

    The court hearing was broadcast at the anti-government stage. The demonstrators at the government compound cheered and clapped their hands following the court’s verdict.

    However, the core members of the PAD have yet to speak about the case. Previously, the group stated that they will negotiate only if Mr Samak steps down from the prime minister's post.

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    Re: The Occupation of Government House

    The PAD core leaders have announced that they will continue their occupation of government house. They also stated that they are disappointed that PPP members are planning on voting Samak back in as PM.

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    Re: The Occupation of Government House

    Protests scare high-season tourists away

    Bookings sluggish for peak time of the year

    ACHADTAYA CHUENNIRAN, JAKKRIT WAEWKRAIHONG & AMORNRAT MAHITTHIROOK

    Twenty-three countries have warned their citizens to stay away from political rallies in Thailand, which is bad news for the approaching peak tourism season in the Andaman coastal provinces. The countries include China, Singapore, Japan, Australia, France, the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Spain, the United States and Russia, according to Anoma Wongyai, assistant director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand's (TAT) southern division 4.

    TAT will run a tourism road show once the political situation stabilises.

    The high season starts late next month and lasts until April.

    Phuket, Krabi and Phangnga operators at a meeting in Phangnga on Tuesday decided to press for the revocation of the emergency decree in the hope of boosting travellers' confidence.

    They called on the government to invite ambassadors from the 23 countries to tour the Andaman provinces, and step up airport security.

    Protests by the People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) spilled over to the coastal provinces when demonstrators blocked roads from Aug 29 to Aug 31, forcing authorities to close three airports _ Phuket, Hat Yai and Krabi.

    It has hurt the tourism industry, with massive cancellations of bookings.

    Methee Tanmanatragul, president of the Thai Hotels Association's southern chapter, said Phuket and Krabi tourism operators had suffered a 30% drop in tourist arrivals and 100% can-cellations of seminar bookings this month.

    All tour groups to Phuket were called off. The daily loss of tourism income on the resort island alone was 250 million baht.

    Phangnga Tourism Association president Krit Seefah reported heavy cancellations of advance bookings following the protesters' blockades of Phuket and Krabi airports.

    Krabi Tourism Association president Amarit Siripornjuthakul said the political uncertainty had driven away one-fifth of Scandinavian and European visitors and family holiday-makers.

    Police Region 8 chief Pol Lt-Gen Thanee Thawichsri said Phuket airport authority had been advised to file charges against the protesters.

    Deputy chairman of the Trat chamber of commerce Somkiat Samattagan reported 30% cancellations of this month's hotel reservations and no confirmations being made for October and November advance bookings.

    ''Most operators fear Samak Sundaravej will be nominated back as prime minister and the protests will continue, escalating the violence.''

    The anti-government rallies have also hit Thai Airways International as tourists from Asian and European countries have shunned Thailand, THAI president Apinan Sumanaseni said.

    The drop in passenger numbers hurt the airline's load factor, which had slumped from 75% to 60%, he said.

    The national flag carrier will consider reducing flight frequencies on some routes. Mr Apinan said the effect on THAI this time was more serious than during the military coup two years ago.

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    Re: The Occupation of Government House

    Quote Originally Posted by Khun Don View Post

    TAT will run a tourism road show once the political situation stabilises.
    And when will that be ? Next week? Next Month? Next Year?

    TAT needs to be actively encouraging and reassuring potential visitors to Thailand NOW!

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    Re: The Occupation of Government House

    Listen up, PAD get out of Gov't House or find a new homeland: PPP MPs


    A group of 10 MPs from the People Power Party on Thursday issued a statement demanding protesters to leave besieged Government House.

    The People's Alliance for Democracy is at fault for leading street protests and turning the seat of government into its rally site and this has fuelled escalating tensions, MP Amnuay Klangpha said reading from the statement.

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