Thousands Left Stranded as Protestors Take Over International Airport in Thailand

November 26, 2008

Bangkok (ChattahBox) — Thousands of passengers and tourists have been left stranded at Thailand’s Suvarnabhumi airport in Bangkok. Protesters have burst into the control tower at the main airport that forced cancellation of all Wednesday flights to and from the Suvarnabhumi airport.

There have also been two blasts at the airport which left four people wounded. The protesters are demanding information on the flight plans for Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat. He was scheduled to arrive at Thailand’s International Airport today after attending an international summit in South America. They are demanding the Prime Minister to step down and the parliament be dissolved.

The airport scene was total chaos in Thailand today as thousands of travelers lay sleeping on their baggage or slumped on check-in counters. The electronic flights boards showed all the flights as “canceled, canceled, canceled.” All the check-in counters were closed as well. All the roads to the airport have been blocked with coiled razor wires and miles of fire-trucks and cars. A strong anti-government crowd is holding the airport until the government agrees to resign.

This attempted semi-coupe comes as a big jolt to the economy of Thailand where more than 6 percent of gross domestic product depends directly on tourism. The airport is the primary transportation hub in Thailand and the government cannot afford a long-term paralysis of the same.


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