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No Mexican flu in Thailand

Posted by hasekamp on 29 April 2009 at 16:34 PM
Laboratory tests conducted on a 42-year-old Thai woman who was quarantined on Tuesday for possible Mexican flu (swine-flu) infection showed that she is free from the virus, a hospital official said on Wednesday. Two tests were made on samples from the woman. She was found to be suffering from ordinary human flu, Chulalongkorn Hospital virus speciaist Dr Yong Pooworawan said at a press conference. The woman was admitted to Chulalongkorn hospital on Tuesday after having developed a fever last Thursday on arriving back from Singapore. Her trip had earlier taken her to Mexico and the USA between April 3 and 19. On Tuesday, the Public Health Ministry issued a warning that travellers should avoid going to Mexico or the US if possible. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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Loans for tourism sector

Posted by hasekamp on 28 April 2009 at 18:38 PM
The Thai Cabinet on Tuesday approved the Small Business Credit Guarantee Corporation (SBCG) as guarantor to stand behind loans taken out by small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) operators from commercial banks to pay corporate tax to the Revenue Department, Finance Minister Korn Chatikavanij announced. Mr. Korn said that Thailandís commercial banks will issue cheques to cover the payment of corporate taxes owed by SME operators to forward directly to the Revenue Department. The SBCG will fully guarantee the loans recommended by commercial banks without charging fees in order to enable Thailandís cash-strapped SME operators to pay the corporate tax, Mr. Korn said. (Source: Thai News Agency)


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PM has been granted an audience with His majesty

Posted by hasekamp on 27 April 2009 at 12:50 PM
Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and PM's Secretary-General Nipon Promphan flew to Prachuap Khirikhan to be granted an audience with His Majesty the King at the Kraikungwol Palace. The two were granted an audience to brief His Majesty of the current political situation. They are scheduled to return to Bangkok at 7:30 pm. (Source: The Nation)


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Thermal scans at airports

Posted by hasekamp on 27 April 2009 at 12:47 PM
Air passengers arriving from the southern USA and Mexico will be screened by thermal detectors for signs of fever as Thailand begins precautions against the spread of an outbreak of swine flu which has claimed more than 100 lives in Mexico. Public Health Minister Witthaya Kaewparadai said on Monday that quarantine officials at every international airport, including Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi airport, have been ordered to use thermal scanners to monitor people arriving from the infected zones. Mr Witthaya said health cards detailing the outbreak of swine flu will be distributed to both departing and arriving passengers. The World Health Organisation declared the outbreak of influenza in Mexico and the US a "public health emergency of international concern" on Sunday. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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Amnesty or not?

Posted by hasekamp on 27 April 2009 at 12:44 PM
Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva's plan to call a public referendum on whether banned politicians should be granted an amnesty has run into opposition from the PAD and civic groups. The plan calls for voters to be asked whether to grant an amnesty to 220 politicians found guilty of election fraud by the Constitution Court. They comprise 111 former executives of the now-dissolved Thai Rak Thai party and 109 former executives of the nowdissolved People Power, Chart Thai, and Matchimathipataya parties. The politicians were suspended from politics for five years and their parties disbanded for electoral fraud. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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New rally announced by UDD

Posted by hasekamp on 24 April 2009 at 13:07 PM
The United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) called on its supporters to rally in Bangkok again on Saturday evening, just hours after Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva announced the lifting of the emergency decree in the capital Friday morning. UDD leader Somyos Pruksakasem said on Friday he expected about 5,000 people at the rally, planned for Sanam Luang from 5pm to 11pm. The anti-government protesters would once again demand Mr Abhisit's resignation and the dissolution of the House, and also the return of the satellite-based TV D-Station, which was closed down during the political turmoil. Red-shirt rallies would also be held in major provinces including Ayutthaya, Chiang Mai, Udon Thani and Nonthaburi, he said. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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State of Emergency lifted

Posted by hasekamp on 24 April 2009 at 13:02 PM
Prime Minster Abhisit Vejjajiva on Friday lifted the state of emergency he had imposed 12 days ago on Bangkok and five surrounding provinces to quell anti-government protests. Abhisit announced early Friday at the end of a two-day joint House session that he had decided to lift the state of emergency to show the government's sincerity in seeking national reconciliation. "Lifting the state of emergency is one of the measures to find a solution for the country,'' Abhisit told the parliamentary session shortly after midnight. "The government wants reconciliation and to move the country forward,'' Abhisit told lawmakers early Friday. Small groups of a soldiers posted at various sensitive locations throughout the capital had been withdrawn from the streets Friday morning. Abhisit declared a state of emergency in Bangkok and its neighbouring provinces on April 12 to deal with the protests that instigated widespread violent in Bangkok. (Source: The Nation)


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ASEAN summit in June in Phuket

Posted by hasekamp on 22 April 2009 at 11:55 AM
The Asean summit with six dialogue partners from Asia and the Pacific has been tentatively scheduled for June in the resort island of Phuket, Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said yesterday. The summit, initially to be held from April 10-12, had to be cancelled after it was stormed by red-shirt protesters in Pattaya. Dates for the next summit could not be fixed yet because several leaders have not been able to confirm if they would be attending. Thailand is expected to hold a series of Asean meeting in the coming months. After the Asean+3 and East Asia summits, the country would need to call the Asean Ministerial Meeting in July and another summit along with related meetings in October. The Asean+6 summit with dialogue partners from Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand and South Korea was supposed to be held back to back with the summit of 10 Asean leaders, but some East Asian leaders were not available. The Foreign Ministry is currently consulting with 15 countries in Asia and the Pacific to fix the date, according to spokesman Tharit Charungvat. (Source: The Nation)


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Red-shirts leader threatens

Posted by hasekamp on 22 April 2009 at 11:53 AM
Runaway red shirted leader Jakrapob Penkair promised that the "red-shirt" protest movement in Thailand would continue a clandestine campaign against the Abhisit government. One of the most outspoken red shirted leader, Jakrapob managed to escape overseas after the army broke up the mass protests in Bangkok a week ago. Speaking to the BBC from in hiding, he said the movement would use different tactics to confront the government, including possible armed attacks. "I believe the room for unarmed and non-violent means to resolve Thailand's problem is getting smaller every day," he told BBC. The sudden end of the red-shirt protests last week has left the movement in disarray. (Source: The Nation)


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PM: Solve the crisis peacefully

Posted by hasekamp on 20 April 2009 at 13:58 PM
Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has given political parties two weeks to propose amendments to the constitution which will help defuse tensions. Mr Abhisit yesterday said the effort to get people talking could address the political conflicts which drove people on to the streets and into committing violence. "To those who are still protesting and demanding democracy, I assure you that the government is ready to respond by inviting parties to brainstorm," Mr Abhisit said on his weekly television chat. "Let us use a peaceful method, a legal procedure, a dialogue to reach the goal. It may also tackle the root cause of the protests and political strife." The prime minister expects the parties to submit details of constitutional provisions they found unjust or undemocratic. The proposals would be put to the public for debate. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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Prize on 20 red-shirts

Posted by hasekamp on 20 April 2009 at 13:53 PM
Police yesterday promised a total of Bt1 million in reward for information about the whereabouts of 20 red-shirt co-leaders wanted for instigating mayhem at the Interior Ministry last Sunday, causing damages to the prime minister's motorcade and wounding security officials. "Of the 20 suspects, the lead instigator is former MP Suporn Attawong from Nakhon Ratchasima," Metropolitan Police Commissioner Lt-General Worapong Chiewpreecha said. Tip-off leading to the arrest of each suspect is worth Bt50,000.
The legal wrangling involving the yellow shirts will be decided by a judicial review in the same manner as the legal proceedings involving the red shirts, he said. He denied that authorities applied a different standard in issuing arrest warrants, pointing out that rally organisers, be they red-shirted or yellow-shirted, would be arrested if they refused to report themselves to police or repeated the offences during the legal proceedings. (Source: The Nation)


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Amnesty?

Posted by hasekamp on 20 April 2009 at 13:49 PM
The government will push for political reform as part of the healing process following the recent political mayhem, although any amnesty would only extend to political offences and not criminal violations for provoking uprisings, Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said yesterday. "I remain open-minded about amnesty for political wrongdoing based on what many say are unfair laws, but will definitely draw the line on criminal violations, such as inciting riots," he said. All political parties have been asked to submit their reports within two weeks outlining issues to be covered in the charter rewrite, he said. Politicians of all stripes should work together to improve the political system instead of casting suspicion on one another, he said. Before the turmoil, the government tried but made no headway in launching the reform process because opposition lawmakers were doubtful about the political neutrality in selecting the charter writers, he said. All stakeholders were promised a say in the reform process, he said. The coalition partners have also been applying pressure on the Abhisit government to embark on amnesty legislation and political reform in order to solidify political stability and prepare for a fresh general election later this year. (Source: The Nation)


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PM: Military and police failed in Pattaya

Posted by hasekamp on 18 April 2009 at 11:29 AM
The military and the police both appear to have lapsed in their duty at the Asean Summit in Pattaya last Saturday, Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said yesterday. However, he said his government would not make any personnel changes at this time, although it would try to improve the security system. The country remains confronted with many tough challenges, and now is not the time to apportion blame, he said. "I feel the policemen and soldiers did not do their jobs to the best of their ability," he said. Abhisit made the first public statement blaming a flawed security system for the red-shirt protesters breaking through the barriers and storming the meeting, prompting its cancellation and the emergency evacuation of the national leaders attending. He conceded his government had underestimated the red shirts and thus his initial decision to rely on law enforcement instead of crowd control. He disclosed he had not yet made up his mind whether to disperse the red shirts at Government House on Tuesday when rally organisers contacted the authorities and volunteered to call off the demonstration.
He voiced concern about yesterday morning's gun attack on yellow-shirt leader Sondhi Limthongkul. Security for the prime minister has been upgraded to the maximum level. The Armed Forces Security Centre is now completely in charge of providing a VIP-protection team consisting of Army officers. Abhisit's motorcade will be organised by the military instead of the police.(Source: The Nation)


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Belated Songkran

Posted by hasekamp on 16 April 2009 at 12:35 PM
Songkran festivities were held after all across Bangkok yesterday after the government extended the water festival holiday until Friday. Songkran celebrations around Government House, the main rally site of the anti-government red shirt protesters for more than a week, returned to normal. Khao San road, a magnet for Songkran celebrations, drew more revellers, both Thais and foreigners, after Songkran festivities were cancelled briefly because of the red shirts' protest.
The road toll so far, during the Songkran season, is 3106 accidents, with 272 dead and 3375 wounded. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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New rallies announced

Posted by hasekamp on 16 April 2009 at 12:32 PM
The red shirts were likely to regroup after the government lifts the state of emergency, sources from security forces said yesterday. Although life in Bangkok appears to have returned to normal, intelligence officials have had tips that supporters of ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra plan more rallies as soon as the state of emergency is discarded. Red-shirt leaders such as Jatuporn Promphan, Jakrapob Penkair had earlier announced they were ready to stage an underground movement. Informants claim the new round of rallies were intended to be more dramatic than those that took place in recent days. The government has been warned to check D-Station carefully and take legal action against taxi drivers' local radio stations as they were a media allegedly instigating an uprising and anarchy. Pheu Thai Party Udon Thani MP Lt Col Surathin Pimanmekin said the red shirt movement would continue although they had been told by the leaders to suspend the protest. "People who are treated unfairly still want to demonstrate their protest in their own way. They do not need leaders. Having leaders does not necessarily ensure victory." (Source: The Nation)


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Thailand rating downgraded

Posted by hasekamp on 16 April 2009 at 12:30 PM
Two international rating firms, Standard & Poor's Ratings Services and Fitch Ratings, have downgraded Thailand's credit ratings on expectation that the political upheaval will gravely hurt investor confidence and tourist arrivals. "The rating downgrade reflects the latest deterioration in the Thai political situation, which has diminished further the prospects of a near-term return to stability," said Standard & Poor's credit analyst Kim Eng Tan. The latest large-scale protests against the Democrat Party-led government continue the increasingly confrontational nature of such rallies. "We believe that investor confidence has been damaged significantly as a result of the latest developments while, in the near term, inbound tourism will also be affected negatively," Tan said. He added that the outlook could revert to stable if investor confidence sees a strong revival, likely on indications that the Thai domestic political situation is returning to a sustained equilibrium, he noted. (Source: The Nation)


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Hunt for UDD leaders

Posted by hasekamp on 15 April 2009 at 10:30 AM
Two wanted leaders of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) remained at large on Wednesday - Jakrapob Penkair and Jatuporn Pompan - as order returned to riot-hit Bangkok. Police said they had arrest warrants for the two men and were confident they would be arrested. There was no evidence the two men had fled the country to join their exiled leader and outlawed politician Thaksin Shinawatra, he said. Three other core members of red-shirt uprising surrendered to police on Tuesday after arrest warrants were issued - Veera Musikhapong was later sent to a Border Patrol Police base in Pathum Thani province, Nattawut Saikua to Naresuan military base in Prachuap Khiri Khan and Weng Tojirakarn to a border police station in Kanchanaburi. Bangkok Metropolitan Police chief Worapong Chewpreecha confirmed police had arrest warrants for former prime minister's office minister Jakrapob and opposition Puea Thai MP Jatuporn. He was confident investigators would find them. Reports said the intelligence services were actively involved in the hunt for the two men. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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Arrest warrants for Thaksin and others

Posted by hasekamp on 15 April 2009 at 10:23 AM
The Criminal Court yesterday issued arrest warrants for ousted premier Thaksin Shinawatra and 13 of his supporters over Monday's riots, police said. The court issued the warrants late in the afternoon after protest leaders told the red shirts camped out at Government House to go home before turning themselves in around noon. The warrant said Thaksin was sought for inciting unrest that led Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva to cancel the Asean summit in Pattaya and impose a state of emergency that led to military crackdowns on protesters. "Thaksin and his allies are charged by court for illegal assemblies of more than five people, threatening violence and breach of peace, punishable by five years in jail," the warrant said. It said the former PM was also accused of inciting people to break the law and cause unrest, a charge punishable by seven years in prison. Red-shirt protest leaders, Veera Musigapong, Natthawut Saikua and Dr Weng Tochirakarn turned themselves in at the Metropolitan Police Bureau headquarters. (Source: The Nation)


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Thai government explains to foreign governments

Posted by hasekamp on 14 April 2009 at 9:38 AM
As clashes between government troops and anti-government protesters in the Thai capital eased early Tuesday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs opened a centre to inform Thai envoys abroad so that they can more fully understand and explain the situation to foreign governments.
Permanent Secretary Veerasak Futrakul said the centre will supply information on the situation occurring in Thailand to Thai embassies, consulates and commercial offices to enable them to explain to foreign governments and Thais living in those countries as well as prospective tourists and business travellers. The Thai envoys have been instructed to convey what the Thai government is doing in its bid to quell the unrest is carried out under international and Thai legal frameworks, Mr. Veerasak said. The permanent secretary said the Thai government is confident of providing adequate safety measures at airports and to foreigners living in the kingdom. The ministry has also translated the orders given by Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and telecast earlier to Thai embassies so that they would understand the situation. (Source: Thai News Agency)


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Shopping malls reopen

Posted by hasekamp on 14 April 2009 at 9:34 AM
Malls around Siam area in Bangkok reopened on Tuesday afternoon after the red-shirted mob surrounding government house announced they were dissolving their protest. Siam Paragon, Siam Center and Siam Discovery reopened at 1 pm after almost three days of service suspension due to unrest in the capital city. Management said it continued to evaluate the situation and would close the shopping malls again if any emergencies arise. Nearby Central World was opened before noon. (Sourece: The Bangkok Post)


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Bangkok in chaos

Posted by hasekamp on 14 April 2009 at 9:31 AM
Downtown Bangkok has been transferred into urban guerrilla war zones, leaving dozens of people wounded at dawn yesterday. Less than an hour later, the crackle of sporadic live gunfire from soldiers could still be heard, alternating with angry shouts from red-shirted, anti-government Democratic Alliance against Dictatorship (UDD) protesters who refuse to simply retreat. UDD leaders claim some red-shirt protesters were killed during the clashes. The government has denied a report that officials covered up protesters' deaths by removing the bodies in a GMC truck. It cited reports by hospitals that no one receiving treatment for injuries died. Protesters curse the military for firing real, not rubber, M16 bullets at them. Some were aimed at the sky, others apparently not. The military side is led by Lt-Colonel Chinnuphan Rodsiri, who commands 200 or so troops dispatched from Aranyaprathet on the Thai-Cambodian border. Some distance beyond the front line of soldiers, groups of reds sit in front of Santiphab Park, or Peace Park. "We only have rocks, bottles and slingshots," says one. The two bottles nearby are Molotov cocktails, however. On the other corner of the triangle, protesters claim they saw a driver of a bus full of red protesters get shot and collapse while trying to run over soldiers before dawn. The reds no longer believe in much of what most of the local media report, as they are convinced that the media are anti-Thaksin and conclude that the reports of deaths must have been covered up or censored. And as the day progresses and more shootings are seen and heard, more Molotov cocktails are being prepared at various spots. Protesters fight and retreat, soldiers shoot and advance. Victory Monument was abandoned, Sri Ayutthaya Road retaken, but the protesters - portrayed by most Thai media as a paid mob - regroup and resist. The skirmishes and retreats and regroupings go on well into the evening as protesters scatter to some dozen pockets in the 2 or 3 square kilometres of downtown Bangkok. The Government says it has the situation under control. (Source: The Nation)


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BLACK SONGKRAN

Posted by hasekamp on 13 April 2009 at 11:38 AM
Tension remains very high in Bangkok, with retreating protesters putting up resistance near the Din Daeng flat and holding the community hostage by threatening to blow up a gas truck. Following is part of the live report of The nation.
3.30 pm: Supreme Commander Songkitti Jakkrabat, head of the committee enforcing the state of emergency, goes on TV to reiterate that the operation to retake key traffic areas has been carried out with all democratic principles respected.
1pm : it was reported that soldiers manged to take hold of all corners of the Din Daeng triangle and the red-shirted protesters backed towards Rajaparop Road. Twenty people were reported to be injured from the clash there.
12.10pm : soldiers continue to clash with the red-shirted protesters at the entrance to the Din Daeng elevated road. The protesters reportedly tried to drive a bus into the soldiers but the officers counter that with gunshots thus the bus crash into the bridge railing. There was no report yet if anyone was killed.
12.10pm: Pheu Thai MPs threaten to mobilise more people to join protesters if the government does not stop using weapons, open an urgent joint-meeting among MPs and the Senate.
12pm : Protesters burn a bus at Din Daeng Triangle. Gun shots were heard.
11.45am : Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva addresses live on TV, denying death report in the morning. He added that 23 soldiers and 47 protesters were injured. Four soldiers suffered bullet wounds. (Source: The nation). This is what the Thai press reports. Foreign media report more worrying incidents.
All Songkran festivities have been cancelled, by the way.


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Tension mounting

Posted by hasekamp on 13 April 2009 at 11:27 AM
Thailand plunged into chaos for a second day as Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva declared a state of emergency in Bangkok to quell anti-government protests. The embattled premier, whose Secretary-General Niphon Phromphan was also injured in an attack by an unruly mob at the Interior Ministry yesterday, said the government would quickly enforce the state of emergency to restore law and order in the capital. Tens of thousands of red-shirt protesters regrouped at Government House after small groups marched to the Interior Ministry, the Foreign Ministry, a court and other public buildings to pressure the government to quit.
Several foreign countries yesterday expressed disappointment at the cancellation of the summit, while some such as Australia, Hong Kong and Russia issued advisories warning their citizens about travelling to Bangkok. PM Abhisit has heavily lost face in the eyes of the International community.
Some protesters yesterday attempted to harm the premier physically while two other senior government officials, including Secretary-General Niphon, were hurt.
Ousted premier Thaksin Shinawatra said during his daily phone-in to protesters at Government House he would return to Thailand to lead the red shirts if the military staged a coup. The military, meanwhile, dispatched its forces, tanks and armoured vehicles to take positions at around 50 key locations in Bangkok following the emergency rule.
Eyewitnesses said the protesters had taken over dozens of public buses which were then lined up along main roads leading to the compound of Government House in a bid to prevent authorities from attempting to disperse the protesting crowd. (Source: The Nation)


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Will Abhisit attend the ASEAN summit?

Posted by hasekamp on 13 April 2009 at 11:18 AM
The postponement of the Pattaya summit has undermined Thailand's leadership in Asean and raised questions about its ability to hold the 15th Asean Summit later this year. When Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva announced on Saturday the postponement of the summit by two to three months, it was obvious it would be a long time before Thailand would host another meeting. Bangkok had waited 14 years to host the second Asean Summit. After the summit was postponed from December last year due to political turmoil, Thailand tried repeatedly to reschedule an earlier summit but failed due to the conflicting time-tables of East Asian leaders. Hence, to organise another Asean+3 or Asean+6 summit involving 16 leaders within the next two months would be extremely difficult, if not impossible. In an interview with The Nation yesterday, Asean Secretary-General Surin Pitsuwan said the best course Thailand can take is to liaise with the Asean Coordinating Council (ACC), a new body comprising foreign ministers of Asean states, and the Jakarta-based Asean Secretariat to work out future plans. He said the next few weeks would be crucial. (Source: The Nation)


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Red-shirt leader arrested

Posted by hasekamp on 12 April 2009 at 10:31 AM
Authorities on Sunday morning announced the arrest of senior red-shirt leader Arisman Pongruangrong. The former Thai Rak Thai politician was apparently detained for his actions in leading supporters of the the United Front of Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD)in the assault on the Asean summit on Saturday. Mr Arisman was the most prominent red-shirt protester when the mob forced its way into the venue of the summit on Friday to present a petition to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. He was also in the forefront of Saturday's assaults which locked many international leaders in their hotels and forced the cancellation of the summit. The arrest came virtually at the same time as a speech to the nation by Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva promising legal action against the leaders of the weekend summit debacle. "It is important over the next three or four days for the government to prove it can bring peace to the nation," he said on his weekly show on government TV. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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Red-shirts in Interior Ministry

Posted by hasekamp on 12 April 2009 at 10:26 AM
Red-shirted protesters raid the Interior Ministry and battered official cars in their hunt for the prime minister after the state of emergency was declared Sunday afternoon. Hundreds of protests poured into the Interior Ministry compound and attacked vehicles inside the ministry, thinking they belonged to the prime minister. A vehicle managed to break through the lines of protesters but it was not sure whether it belonged to the prime minister. (Source:The Nation)


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PM: Red-sirts are public enemies

Posted by hasekamp on 12 April 2009 at 10:24 AM
Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva last night called the red-shirts "public enemies" for declaring a victory over the cancellation of the Asean Summit with dialogue partners in Pattaya. "In this loss to the country, anyone or any group of people that announces a victory should be regarded as true enemies of Thailand. Whatever status I have, I will never allow these people to become influential," he told a press conference at the summit venue. Abhisit cancelled the event and postponed it indefinitely after several hundreds of protesters managed to storm past police and military barricades into the venue at the Royal Cliff Beach Resort. (Source: The Nation)


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Thai tourism to suffer

Posted by hasekamp on 11 April 2009 at 12:58 PM
Thailand's tourism industry will lose at least Bt200 billion of revenue this year, as the consequences of political unrest sparked by both yellow and red-shirted protesters, said Kongkrit Hiranyakit, chairman of the Tourism Council of Thailand. "After the Suvarnabhumi Airport closure (in December), tourism business operators expected the industry to be affected for 6-9 months. The magnitude of damage from the invasion into the Asean Summit meeting venue would also give a similar result," he said in an interview with Thai PBS. He noted that the invasion concerns the safety of leaders of 15 nations, which are key markets. The number of tourists from these countries is expected to account for 8.5 million, or 60 per cent of target. The tourists however will question on security issue, following the actions that affected the security of their leaders. Therefore, though the emergency decree takes effect only in Chon Buri, but as Pattaya is a world-class destination, it would be difficult for the government to come up with a good explanation. And this would affect the tourism industry nationwide. "Some tourists have showed their desire to leave the country, on fear that the protesters may continue to block the airport like last year. Those incoming tourists have also questioned on security issue and demanded cancellation," he said. (Source: The Nation)


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State of emergency in Chonbury, ASEAN summit suspended

Posted by hasekamp on 11 April 2009 at 12:53 PM
Prime Minister Abhisit announced on TV that the government announced state of emergency in Pattaya and Chon Buri following the raid of the ASEAN summit venue. Abhisit said Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban was assigned to enforce the emergency law to control the situation. He said the government had made sure that all Asean leaders and other foreign leaders would leave the country safely. The prime minister said the state of emergency was necessary following the clash between red-shirted protesters and volunteers who helped the government keep security in Pattaya. He said the red-shirted protesters tried to block foreign leaders from attending the summit, prompting it to be cancelled. He said the foreign leaders understood the situation well. The prime minister said the government would restore normalcy as soon as possible. (Source: The Nation)


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PM threatens

Posted by hasekamp on 10 April 2009 at 10:51 AM
Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva is threatening to take off the kid gloves in dealing with protesters who paralysed Bangkok on Thursday by blocking main roads. Mr Abhisit said the government would begin taking swift legal action against those protesters who cause unrest. "I appeal to those who have been misled into joining the protest to reconsider," he said. "I ask you to stop any act of legal violation. We will deal with people who display intent to break the law and undermine national security." Mr Abhisit refused to quit or call an early election. A large band of protesters yesterday afternoon descended on Victory Monument, the city's main bus interchange. Traffic was brought to a standstill as many commuters were forced to either use the skytrain or walk. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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Extra public holiday

Posted by hasekamp on 10 April 2009 at 10:47 AM
Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva last night declared today a public holiday as he stood firm against the red-shirt protesters who caused traffic turmoil in Bangkok. With today an additional holiday, the long Songkran break will be extended to six days. Abhisit flew back from Pattaya for the national television address. He announced the government would start strictly enforcing the law against any troublemakers among the protesters. The prime minister said the number of protesters yesterday had dropped 70 per cent from an estimated 100,000 on the first day of the rally on Wednesday. That was possibly due, he said, to many people having decided the protest was intended to become violent. (Source: The Nation)


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BOI not afraid of effect rally

Posted by hasekamp on 9 April 2009 at 11:49 AM
The ongoing rally by red-clad anti-government demonstrators will have a psychological impact on investors only in the short run, according to Thailandís Board of Investment (BoI), the government agency tasked to attract international capital to the kingdom. BoI Secretary-General Atchaka Sibunruang Brimble said Thailand had been engulfed with political disturbances in the past few years. It resulted in investors being familiar with the political situation in Thailand. The Red Shirt rally will have a psychological effect on investors for the short term, but if it ends in a peaceful manner, investors will not lose confidence, but continue expanding their investment in the country. Mrs. Atchaka said she met with European investors and found that they remained keen on investing in Thailand. The BoI chief said she believed more investors will invest in Thailand in the second half of this year if the global economy recovers. (Source: Thai News Agency)


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FM: Thailand ready for summit

Posted by hasekamp on 9 April 2009 at 11:36 AM
Foreign Minister Tharit Charungvat on Thursday downplayed the red-shirt rallies in the capital and said that leaders who have agreed to come to join the 14th Asean summit and its related summits in Pattaya on Friday have not changed their mind. "I would like to reaffirm that there are no signals that the leaders who have agreed to join the summits will change their mind," Mr Tharit said at the Royal Cliff Beach Resort hotel in Pattaya where the summits would be held. "Everything is as scheduled." He insisted that security units are well prepared for the anti-government protests. "Should anything unexpected happen, there is a contingency plan," he said, without elaborating further. The spokesman said protests are common sights during international meetings as protesters would like to share space in the media. "Look at the G20 summit in London, there were protests there as well," he said. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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Red-shirts demand several resignations

Posted by hasekamp on 8 April 2009 at 11:30 AM
The red-shirted protesters Wednesday demanded Privy Council President Prem Tinsulanonda and two other privy councilors as well as Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva to resign. The demand was announced at the main rally stage in front of the Government House at 4 pm by Veera Musigapong. He said Prem, Surayud Chulanont and Chanchai Likhitjittha must resign as privy councillors. In the second point of demands, Veera said Abhisit must resign as the prime minister. In the third demand, the red-shirted people also called for democratic reform.
The number of protesters is estimated at 60,000 at 3 p.m. at four rally sites. (Source: The Nation)


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Plea to avoid civil war

Posted by hasekamp on 8 April 2009 at 9:44 AM
The Network of Civil Groups on Wednesday issued a statement demanding ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra to stop using democracy as his shield and mobilising the people as his tool for political gains. It voiced concern that the situation involving the red shirts might escalate into a civil war. It made six demands:
1. Thaksin to abide by the law, persue his struggle via the legal system and stop exploiting democracy and the people for his self-serving gains.
2. Government to exercise utmost restraints in order to avoid violence, rely on the rule of law to resolve the situation and quickly disseminate facts to the public.
3. The People's Alliance for Democracy to ensure peaceful rally and refrain from setting conditions which will lead to violence.
4. The Thai Journalists Association to closely monitor and report on activities of rival camps with the aim to expose which side responsible for violence.
5. All media outlets to promote peace, strive for peaceful resolution of the conflict and not fall prey for the rival camps.
6. All Thai citizens to respect differing opinions and refrain from harming those with differences. (Source: The Nation)


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Don Mueang has a future

Posted by hasekamp on 7 April 2009 at 10:08 AM
Don Mueang airport has a future as Bangkok's low-cost airline hub, Deputy Prime Minister Korbsak Sabhavasu says. Mr Korbsak, who is in charge of economic affairs, said Don Mueang airport should not be abandoned as it could relieve the burden on Suvarnabhumi and allow plans to expand the newer airport to be put on hold. The decision will depend on Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and other economic ministers when they meet to decide Don Mueang's future after returning from the Songkran holidays. Mr Korbsak's position is at odds with that of Transport Minister Sohpon Zarum. Mr Sohpon argues that a single-airport policy would help improve Suvarnabhumi's chances of becoming an aviation hub for the region. The prime minister ordered the Transport Ministry to study the pros and cons of a single-airport policy after opinion was divided at the last economic ministers' meeting. The Thai Airways International labour union opposes the airline executives' decision to use a single airport. THAI ended its domestic flights at Don Mueang on March 28. Only budget airlines Nok Air and One-Two-Go now use Don Mueang for their domestic flights. (Source: The Nation)


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Prize on Thaksin

Posted by hasekamp on 7 April 2009 at 10:03 AM
A prize money of Bt1 million was offered yesterday to bring to Thailand fugitive ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra, who was blamed for the ongoing political conflict. A group of people, calling themselves "United Siam", made the offer at a press conference at the Rajabhat Suan Dusit University. The group includes retired bureaucrats, senators, academics and business people. General Somjet Bunthanom, one of the members of the Council for National Security formed after the September 2006 coup, said yesterday that the offer was aimed at preventing the country from getting into another crisis. "It's clear that Thaksin is the root cause of the problems. So we are offering the prize money of Bt1 million to anyone who can bring Thaksin to be prosecuted in Thailand," he said. (Source: The Nation)


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Red-shirts determined, Government confident

Posted by hasekamp on 7 April 2009 at 9:58 AM
Judgment day is due Wednesday as the red-shirt protesters appear determined to bring the government down to its knees while the government is confident that situation will not spill out of control. But a general sense of apprehension prevails among the public. A sense of general apprehension appears to have gripped the nation as it watches anxiously what will happen next when the red-shirt protesters stage what they claim to be their biggest ever rally Wednesday to force for political changes with the resignation of the government and Privy Council president Prem Tinsulanonda as the priority targets. The protest organizer, the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship, has predicted that the D-Day rally would attract as many as 300,000 protesters in Bangkok alone. Elsewhere in other parts of the country, similar rally is to be staged in front of respective provincial hall in a show of the red-shirt force in coordination with the main protest in the capital. Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjava, in his nation-wide television address Monday, appeared to be confident that the situation is under control and that it is not necessary for the government to declare a state of emergency in dealing with the protesters. But while assuring that the government will not resort to force against the protesters, the prime minister urged the UDD to refrain from any actions deemed endangering national security and the country's key institutions. He also stated clearly that he would not allow the conflict to develop into a civil war or a bloodbath. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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IMF sees improvement in 2010

Posted by hasekamp on 4 April 2009 at 10:54 AM
Thailand can expect to see a contraction of 2-4% in 2009, largely due to the slowdown in the US, European and Japanese economies, according to the International Monetary Fund. Nissanke Weerasinghe, an adviser to the IMF's Asia-Pacific department, said that Thailand would rebound to 1% growth next year, as the G3 economies began to recover in mid-2010. "Assuming no major shortfalls in policy implementation, and that political stability is maintained, the fall in GDP growth could be contained to a range of between -2% and -4%," Mr Weerasinghe said yesterday in Bangkok. Exports, which account for as much as 70% of the Thai economy, have plummeted in recent months, as demand has contracted across the globe. But Mr Weerasinghe said Thailand was far from the hardest hit economy in the region, with more export-reliant countries such as Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Japan all expected to fare worse this year. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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Ten years for lese majeste

Posted by hasekamp on 4 April 2009 at 10:44 AM
A Thai citizen was sentenced Friday to 10 years in prison for insulting the king and his family by posting edited photos of the monarchy on the Internet, Bangkok Criminal Court said. The poster, Suwicha Thakho admitted altering photos of King Bhumibol Adulyadej and his family, the court said. (Source: Associated Press)


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Area round Prae Vihear closed

Posted by hasekamp on 4 April 2009 at 10:34 AM
Thai authorities have closed indefinitely tourist spots near the Preah Vihear temple as Thai and Cambodian soldiers clashed twice in the vicinity on Friday, leaving two Thai and two Cambodian soldiers dead, and several injured. According to Maj Gen Thawatchai Samutsakhon, deputy chief of the Second Thai Army, the clashes followed a land mine explosion that blew off a Thai soldier's leg in Phu Ma Khua area a few kilometers west of Preah Vihear temple. It lies in an area which both Cambodia and Thailand claim. After the explosion, 30 Thai soldiers visited the area Friday morning to clear land mines. Twenty-three Cambodian soldiers showed up and told the Thais to retreat, claiming it was Cambodian soil. The Thais resisted, and both sides started to fight about 7am. The clash lasted five minutes, and killed two Cambodian soldiers and injured nine. A second round of shooting erupted about 2pm, in an area about two kilometers away. The second round of the gun battle lasted about half an hour, killed two Thai soldiers, injured seven, and also set ablaze a Cambodian market near the entrance to Preah Vihear temple. Cambodia has deployed more than 3,000 soldiers at the ancient temple ruins and Thailand had slightly over 2,000 troops on Pha Mor E-Daeng cliff, according to some reports.
At the site of the deadly shooting, Phu Ma Khua, both sides left about 300 soldiers each to confront each other late on Friday. Whatever the cause, and whoever started this, it is not good for the international reputation of Thailand. The Temple has been assigned to Cambodia by the International Court of Justice, and that should be the end of the dispute. The Thai government reaffirmed Thailand's sovereignty over the area where the clashes took place. It called on the Cambodian side to avoid any use of force and to continue with negotiations under bilateral mechanisms. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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Clashes between Thailand and Cambodia

Posted by hasekamp on 4 April 2009 at 10:26 AM
Thai and Cambodian troops fought heavy gun battles on their disputed border Friday, leaving at least four soldiers dead in the biggest flare-up for months in a bitter feud over an ancient temple. Soldiers exchanged rocket, machine gun and mortar fire near the 11th-century Preah Vihear temple on the frontier, following a brief skirmish earlier in the day, officials from both sides said. The area was the scene of several clashes last year after Cambodia successfully applied for United Nations world heritage status for the ruins in July, with four soldiers killed in a battle there in October. One Thai soldier died at the site of the clash on Friday and another passed away in hospital later, while 10 others were injured, regional Thai military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Wichit Makarun said. "We are fighting with each other, it is serious gunfire," Khieu Kanharith said, adding that the fighting happened in at least two separate areas near the temple. Military commanders later held talks to ease tensions near the cliff top temple, ownership of which was awarded to Cambodia in 1962 by the International Court of Justice, although the land around the ruins remains disputed. But a war of words continued between the two sides after the clash, coming just one week before the prime ministers of the neighbouring countries are due to meet at a key regional summit in Thailand. Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said he was ready to call his Cambodian counterpart Hun Sen about the matter but defended Thailand's right to "preserve our sovereignty." Heavy gunfire broke out at 2:00 pm (0700 GMT) in a number of spots near the border, which has never been fully demarcated due to land mines left after decades of war in Cambodia. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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