Month: April 2010

News

Bangkok protests continue as tourism chiefs fail in bid to

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has failed in its appeal against the Foreign Office’s travel advice for tourists visiting the country, branding it ‘unnecessary’. The FCO this week extended its warning from Bangkok to the whole of Thailand, where at least 27 people have been killed and nearly 1,000 hurt in anti-government clashes. Several […]Read More

Bangkok

Thailand red-shirt protesters storm Bangkok hospital

Patients have been evacuated from a hospital in the Thai capital, Bangkok, after anti-government demonstrators forced their way into the grounds. The red-shirts, looking for soldiers they thought were hiding there, later apologised for the incident. In a TV address, Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has said he will not tolerate further violence by the reds, […]Read More

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Tour agencies say travel packages to Thailand down by 80%

SINGAPORE: The mid-year vacation term is approaching, but holidaymakers in Singapore are avoiding crisis-stricken Thailand. Outbound tour agencies are reporting a decline of up to 80 per cent in travel sales to Thailand. Two companies have stopped advertising for their Bangkok packages since April. They observed that customers are diverting travel plans to neighbouring cities […]Read More

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Peace or War in Thailand?

A dire situation exists in Thailand. The country awaits a likely massacre of a throng of demonstrators, part of the many thousands of “Red Shirt” protestors who’ve camped out in Bangkok for more than three months. This group of ready-to-die Red Shirts is barricaded in the heart of the capitol’s high-end shopping district and the […]Read More

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Can foreign mediators defuse Thailand’s red shirt protests?

Thailand’s red shirt protesters on Thursday asked the European Union to send monitors to prevent a violent crackdown, one day after they clashed again with soldiers. Nobel peace laureate and East Timor President Jose Ramos-Horta, whose country sought foreign aid against political violence, offers advice on outside mediators. Bangkok, Thailand Anti-government red-shirt demonstrators appealed Thursday […]Read More

Bangkok

Yellow Shirts urge government to tackle ongoing crisis as soon

BANGKOK, April 29 (TNA) – Thailand’s yellow-shirted People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) on Thursday marched to the 11th Infantry Regiment in Bangkok suburb and submitted a letter urging the government to solve the country’s political crisis as soon as possible, but saying it will not set deadline to pressure the government. The PAD supporters led […]Read More

Bangkok

Red rally site isolated

Troops, protesters clash on highway Soldier shot dead, 19 people injured Security authorities have ordered Bangkok police to close all roads around the red shirt rally site as of last night to increase the pressure on the anti-government group. Sources said the Centre for the Resolution of the Emergency Situation imposed the order to block […]Read More

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Q+A: Who are Thailand’s mysterious black-clad gunmen?

(Reuters) – Thailand’s government has vowed to go after shadowy “terrorists” it blames for triggering bloody clashes between the army and red-shirted demonstrators that left 25 people dead and more than 800 wounded on April 10. It believes several hundred militants trained in combat are among protesters in their sprawling encampment in downtown Bangkok, well-armed […]Read More