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Thailand: Rallies and Twitter updates

Thailand’s anti-government protesters have surrounded the Parliament building Monday morning. Led by the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD), the protesters want to oust the ruling government. The country’s seat of power has been temporarily moved to Don Mueang Airport.

PAD and its supporters have been protesting in the streets for several months already. They accuse the present Prime Minister of being a puppet of ousted leader Thaksin Shinawatra. PAD is accused of having close ties with some sections of the elite and military. Its members are mostly from the middle class and residents of Bangkok City. Last October it gained public sympathy when the police forces used excessive force to disperse the rallyists.

The Parliament siege is part of a plan by PAD to paralyze government operations. PAD’s campaign, described by many as its “Final Battle”, is to surround the Parliament, the temporary government seat at the airport, the Finance Ministry, the Stock Exchange of Thailand, the Metropolitan Police Bureau, the National Police Office, and the residences of key cabinet members.

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PAD rally
Photos courtesy of PAD’s Facts Info

So far, PAD is unable to gather a substantial number of people in the streets. Its target is to mobilize 100,000 people but this figure has not yet been reached. There are reports that PAD has been transporting protesters from the provinces.

Many Thais are already aware of PAD’s plans last weekend. There are even rumors of coups and arming of civilians.

The country as a whole remains peaceful. The protests are not violent; although it was reported that some PAD members have hijacked buses to block streets.

Thailand’s Twitter users are also sending updates about the protests. They are also expressing their opinions about this political controversy.

Twitter user Kofty writes:

Tension is high in Bangkok today. Thousands of people effectively blocked off parliament. They want the government gone by Wednesday.”

Excitement builds as protester seize public buses to get to the old Don Mueang Airport, the temporary government headquarters. Shots fired.”

So far, the demonstration is peaceful. The Joint Session of parliament and Senate has been cancelled. Electricity to parliament gas been cut.”

AsianSweetheart adds:

“Save the country: You probably read the news about the big march on parliament today by the PAD. ..”

Moui underscores PAD’s financial problems:

“now the PAD is begging for meal.”

Smartbrain provides updates:

“mob: Chamlong announced big push at 4 am tomorrow. Anyone who has cars should take them. Hmm… where? Airport?”

“mob: Sources claim 700 riot police are being sent in to take care of the protesters at Don Muang.”

“Mob: Phase 2 begins at 6 am. Bring as many cars as you have.”

Pittaya observes:

taxi driver talks to me. it's battle between thaksin-sondhi. i don't think so.”

“will there be some tanks today?”

Sugree reacts:

“well, it's easier to bomb parliament and gov house to restart everything from the beginning”

“oops! migrate to don mueng? god damn PAD is moving to somewhere near my office. Arghhh”

Bangkok
Photo courtesy of adaptorplug

Moui.net seems disappointed to what is happening to Thailand:

“Thailand is my home country, she used to be the place where i loved so much. after my graduation, i decided living in Thailand permanently. but after many political incidents in this decade, i am deeply upset. it is very hurt to see the other Thais have been ruining the country from time to time.

“i can’t see the future of Thailand. i do not know where the land of smile has gone. i do not know when every fighting will stop. i do not know how the broken society will be melted into one society again. what i really know is that i am no longer want to live here at this time. probably, it is time to leave.”

For more background information about PAD and the political crisis in Thailand, read Conflict of elites and People’s coup or putsch.

8 comments

  • […] Thailand’s anti-government protesters have surrounded the Parliament building Monday morning. Led by the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD), the protesters want to oust the ruling government. The country’s seat of power has been temporarily moved to Don Mueang Airport. [link] […]

  • Evald Berntson

    Thaksin got 2 years for signing a spousal agreement letter. I wonder what Chamlong and Sondhi will get for this idiotic campaign? 10 years?

  • […] Twitter has become an interesting and good source of information about what is happening in Thailand. Twitter users in Bangkok have been exchanging travel tips, news updates, and opinions about the current situation. […]

  • Hello ! I am just curious if due to the present political condition and flight delays. Will all future flights of Thai Airways be on schedule ? I am most interested in the direct flight of Manila to Osaka ? Because I’ve friends who are booked in that flight this December 25. Any updating and reassuring feed back is very much appreciated.

  • […] here to read the rest:  Global Voices Online » Thailand: Rallies and Twitter updates This entry was posted on Tuesday, November 25th, 2008 at 1:57 am and is filed under Uncategorized. […]

  • Victor Emmanuel III

    Holding another election so soon after the last will do more harm than good, only serving to frustrate all sides. But, the international community cannot let Thailand go the way of Spain and Japan, in the 1930’s, and slide into fascism. The international community needs to stand by the Thai government, and help it to see off these right wing monarchists.

    History shows that you cannot fight fascism with compromise; the democratically elected Thai government needs to take firm action against these fascist reactionaries.

  • […] Twitter è diventato una buona e interessante sorgente di informazioni su quello che succede in Tailandia. Gli utenti di Twitter in Bangkok hanno scambiato suggerimenti per i viaggi, aggiornamenti sulle notizie e opinioni [en] sulla situazione attuale. […]

  • […] and militants. Twitter has been instrumental to both sides for organizing and communicating freely. For the opposition, it is still free and unregulated and so provides an easy communication pathway. It has also played […]

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