Protestors leaving the airportDecember 3rd, 2008 - 10:29 am ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi
Sondi Limthongkul, the leader for Peoples Alliance for Democracy (PAD) said the protest will end today. Today the protesy will end its blockade of Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi and Don Muang airports
In a news conference Mr Sondhi told that the PAD will start pulling out at 10 and he also referred a conditional halt to the PAD’s political rallies.
‘The People’s Alliance for Democracy has agreed to cease protesting after a long-running 192-day campaign. We have won a victory and achieved our aims,’ said Mr Sondhi, reading a statement to reporters. Mr Sondhi also warned that that demonstrators would return to the streets if other allies of exiled former premier Thaksin Shinawatra, who was ousted in a 2006 coup, returned to power.
Moreover, it had been said that a closure of the Suvarnabhumi airport for passenger flights ‘is extended to 6 pm on December 15.
Now the Thailand’s airport operators will have to decide when will the flights be able to operate from Bangkok’s main airports.
However, Thailand’s airports operator will decide only on Wednesday how soon flights can resume from Bangkok’s main airports after protesters agreed to end a week-long blockade, an official said on Tuesday.
The acting head of Airports of Thailand, Mr Serirat said on Tuesday the airport was reopened for the cargo flights.
Thailand’s airport authority confirmed there was an agreement with protesters, saying flights may be able to resume if there are no ‘technical problems’.
The airport seizure has stranded 350,000 passengers and caused massive economic losses to the kingdom.
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