Threatening the airports again

5 01 2014

Back in 2008, after a long occupation of Government House, the People’s Alliance for Democracy decided to occupy both of Bangkok’s airports, causing huge losses to the country and considerable personal inconvenience to hundreds of thousands. The deal then was to run political interference while the Constitutional Court hastily dispatched another elected government.PAD

One of the often forgotten parts of that political agitation was the occupation and closing of some southern airports. These were sometimes seen as trial runs for the effort in Bangkok. Today Khaosod reports that:

Anti-government protesters in Krabi province has threatened to shut down the provincial airport if Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra refuses to resign.

Mr. Detchart Damdee, leader of the local chapter of the People′s Committee for Absolute Democracy With the King As Head of State (PCAD), said in a press conference at Krabi′s Mueang district today that his supporters are ready to campaign in the province to coincide with PCAD′s “shutdown” of Bangkok on 13 January.

In 2008 the then government called on the military to act against the airport rallies and the top brass essentially mutinied. As far as PPT can recall, not a single PAD leader of the airport occupiers has been sentenced for their illegal actions. Such impunity can only encourage the anti-democrats to further illegal acts.


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21 09 2014
Junta, death and airports | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] anti-democrats in 2014, PPT recorded at least two declarations that airports were to be targeted (here and […]