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    Re: PAD-The "Last Battle"?

    They are waiting for the Prime Minister to return from Peru. It looks like his flight will be delayed and he won't land for another 24 hours. He may not even land there. We are not expecting it to go beyond 24 hours.

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    Re: PAD-The "Last Battle"?

    Quote Originally Posted by NightG View Post
    Bad news... My flight at Bangkok is in 4 days... Will situation with flights normalize to that moment, what do you think?
    A day is a very long time in Thai politics. I can not guarantee anything of course, but I can not see the government allowing PAD to strangle tourism by keeping the airport closed for any length of time. There are also other airports in Thailand where international flights can land

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    Re: PAD-The "Last Battle"?

    After everything calms down a bit (peacefully, I hope), what happens next, or is that up to the government? Do they arrest the leaders, the trouble-makers?

    Simple questions, but I'm curious.

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    Main goal unachieved after 2nd day of protests
    By The Nation

    Anti-government protesters failed on the second day of their 'last ditch' attempt to topple the Somchai Wongsawat government, desperately jogging around the city for nothing.

    They began the battle at 4am at the prime minister's temporary office in Don Mueang Airport, but their efforts to obstruct the Cabinet failed as the weekly meeting was not held.

    No ministers were there and the police allowed protesters to enter the compound.

    Some moved on to the Thai Military headquarters on Chaeng Wattana Road, believing the Cabinet was meeting there. However, Lt-General Surat Worarak, chief of the Civil Affairs department, told protesters there would be no meeting at the military headquarters, either.

    At 4.30pm some PAD protesters joined others at Suvarnabhumi Airport, expecting Prime Minister Somchai to fly in from the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) meeting in Peru.

    The reason for the airport gathering was unclear. So too was the prime minister's schedule. Reports from journalists accompanying the premier said Somchai would land at 7pm today after being delayed several hours behind his original schedule. PAD spokesman Panthep Puapongpan said, nevertheless, the protesters would go everywhere to block the Cabinet meeting.

    Government Spokesman Nattawut Saikua said the PAD could not pressure Somchai to step down or dissolve the Lower House. The government would not yield to the undemocratic and unconstitutional attempts by anti-government protesters to force it out of office, he said.

    "The prime minister insisted he was elected by the voters.

    If he is to lose his job, it must be in line with the law or democratic principles. He won't make his political decisions due to pressure from outside the system," the spokesman said.

    "The PAD may call their latest rally a victory, but it has caused damage to Thailand and Thai people. And they won't be able to force the government to stop performing its duties," he said.

    The spokesman said authorities were collecting evidence against those who had violated the law, particularly people responsible for cutting off power and water supplies to state agencies and for commandeering public buses.

    Police would appeal against the Administrative Court order banning violent suppression of protesters by presenting the latest evidence.

    The spokesman said authorities would still resort to non-violent means in dealing with the PAD protesters, although some acts of their leaders were against the Constitution.

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    4am: A convoy of buses carrying protesters leaves the Royal Turf Club, in Nang Lerng, for the temporary seat of government at Don Mueang Airport.

    5.20am: Another batch of protesters departs Government House for Don Mueang.

    11.30am: Somsak Kosaisuk, a co-leader of the People's Alliance for Democracy, takes to the stage at the Don Mueang rally site and urges protesters to head for the Supreme Command headquarters on Chaeng Wattana Road.

    13.30pm: Protesters start arriving at the Supreme Command headquarters, which is suspected to be the venue of the weekly Cabinet meeting.

    15.15pm: Former Maha Sarakham MP Suchart Srisang lodges a petition on the behalf of PAD requesting that the military protect the country's democracy with His Majesty as head of state.

    16.30pm: Protesters disperse from the Supreme Command and move to Suvarnabhumi International Airport in wait for the PM's arrival from Peru.

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