Emergency Decree Tonight!!

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declare a state of emergency at the country’s two major airports: Suvarnabhumi and Don Muang.


The Cabinet, holding a special meeting in Chiang Mai today, decided to
declare a state of emergency at the country’s two major airports: Suvarnabhumi and Don Muang.

Premier Somchai Wongsawat was expected to go on television tonight to assign police to enforce the emergency decree to clear protestors from People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) from the two sites. It is feared that violence may break out if police move in because PAD protestors have vowed to resist any attempt to evict them from the two protest sites.

Rumours of a military coup have intensified today despite Somchai’s assurance that he won’t sack Army Chief Gen Anupong Paochinda who proposed yesterday that the premier dissolve parliament to call a new election and PAD cease its protest activities.

Anupong today cancelled an earlier scheduled meeting of the Channel 5 board of directors which he chairs. He was said to have been accompanied by Army Chief-of-Staff Gen Pravit Jan-ohcha to have a surprise meeting with Privy Council President Gen Prem Tinsulanonda.

The army spokesman told a press conference that the convoy of tanks spotted on Bangkok streets today was a demonstration for military cadets — and had nothing to do with any attempted coup.

Once the emergency decree is declared, a new confrontational atmosphere will erupt between police and the protestors. But the private sector has complained bitterly about the damage caused by PAD’s seizure of the country’s main international airport.

 Breaking news from Musing from Thailand

Cabinet Resolves to Declare State of Emergency over Bkk’s 2 Airports

The prime minister and the Cabinet have resolved to declare a State of Emergency over the situation at the Suvarnabhumi and Don Muang airports.

The mobile Cabinet conference in Chiang Mai Province has resolved to declare a State of Emergency over the situation at Suvaranabhumi airport and Don Muang airport, which the government had been using as the temporary government seat.

The Cabinet has appointed Metropolitan Police Chief Police Lieutenant General Suchart Muankaew to be in charge of Don Muang airport, while assigning Provincial Police Region 1 Commissioner Police General Chalong Somjai to take control of Suvarnabhumi airport.

Moreover, the government has asked for cooperation from the Navy and the Army, to assist police officers in overseeing the situation at Suvarnabhumi airport.

Government Spokesman Nutthawut Saikua earlier announced that the Cabinet did not dismiss Army Chief General Anupong Paochinda or any high-ranking military officers and civil servants from their posts.

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FURTHER READING

PAD bracing itself for crackdownTHE NATION

Thai protesters brace for police assault – REUTERS NEWS : “They are 100 percent on standby,” a high-ranking former military officer, who declined to be named, said.  Among those stranded at the 125,000 passenger-a-day Suvarnabhumi were hundreds of Thai Muslims booked on a once-in-a-lifetime haj pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia.

“Some of them have saved all their lives for this,” said Muhammed Yusouf, guide accompanying the pilgrims, many of whom would be travelling by plane for the first time.

“If they miss this opportunity, they might not get a second chance.”

The government offered to shuttle thousands of stranded tourists by bus to U-Tapao, a Vietnam War-era naval airbase 150 km (90 miles) east of Bangkok as an alternative landing site for airlines. It is not known if any have taken up the offer.

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