Flights to and from Bangkok International Airport is cancelledNovember 26th, 2008 - 11:48 am ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi
Thousands of protesters stormed the terminal at the Suvarnabhumi Bangkok International airport ,the departing flights have been cancelled.
On Tuesday night after scuffling with riot police, the member’s of the People’s Alliance for Democracy(PAD) broke through the police lines and roamed through the terminal.
The country’s political crisis lead the supporters from both ends toward an open violence in the streets. The clash began when the government supporters threw rocks at a truck carrying members of the People’s Alliance for Democracy at the highway, delaying the travellers to and from the city’s main airport.
The PAD members were on their way back from the Don Muang airport rally, which they had been besieging since Monday in an effort to stop the government from meeting there. The prime minister’s office(Government House), where meetings are normally held, has been occupied by the protesters since late August.
Thailand is already facing economic problems.
Thailand’s political crisis occured two years ago, when a similar campaign against Thaksin led to a him being deposed by the coup. Yet Thaksin Shinawatra’s allies won in last years election. Now, the alliance have resumed its street protests and finally stormed Government House in August 2008.
All flights to and from Bangkok have been cancelled by the Singapore Airlines. The airline cancelled its service due to the situation and a lack of operational service staff at the Suvarnabhumi airport.
Thai authorities warned of chaos for thousands of passengers and damage to the tourism industry after anti-government protesters stormed the main terminal at Bangkok’s international airport, closing it down.
Suvarnabhumi is one of Asia’s busiest airports and gateway for nearly 15 million visitors to Thailand each year.
Leaving thousands of passengers sleeping overnight at the airport and making airport complaints and disappearance of the airport staff when the PAD demonstrators arrived in their yellow shirts.
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