After Suvarnabhumi, PAD closes Don Muang airport (until thursday 6 PM ?)

Thai anti-government protesters have blockaded and shut down a second Bangkok airport, an official said Thursday, a day after they forced the closure of the main international airport.

Supporters of the so-called People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) started massing at the main entrance to the Don Mueang airport Wednesday evening, and services there were cancelled at about midnight.

“Protesters have blocked the entrance to the terminal therefore we closed services until 6:00 pm (1100 GMT) Thursday,” said Flying Officer Anirut Thanomkulbutra, director of Don Mueang.

Don Mueang operates a handful of domestic flights, and was the only airport left serving the capital after protesters swarmed the main Suvarnabhumi Airport late Tuesday, forcing the airport director to suspend flights. (AFP)

And of course, the police (?) let them, and of course the director was prompt (and polite enough) to close the airport for “security reasons”, like at Suvarnabhumi. And was even kind enough to give an official timeframe (from wednesday midnight… to “thursday 6 PM“). What a nice and neat bureaucrat’s work !

It was inconceivable for him to call the security forces, to order them to protect the entrance of the airport… And what about calling a minister ? Someone in charge ? No… of course not. Too complicated.

Better to close completly the airport “until 6 MP” (= almost a full day), so he could go back leo leo to his home, have a supper with his wife, and then go to sleep. After a hard day of work, he deserved it. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Meanwhile, the clown amateur of llama’s milk, Somchai, AKA the alleged Prime Minister was obviously too tired after his trip in Peru… And APEC meetings are so boring…

So unfortunately, the poor guy was sleeping like a baby at midnight ! Bad luck. And nobody dared to wake him up to get instructions regarding the situation at Don Muang… His aids were moved : Somchai is so narak when he sleeps (he smiles also when he sleeps, it’s amazing). Impossible to wake him up.

This is why the PAD closed Don Muang, without apparently any opposition

Just another normal day into the Rabbit Hole… ๐Ÿ˜‰

UPDATE

Official statement from Thai Airways.
Following the announcement of the Airport Authority of Thailand Public Company Limited (AOT) to close both Suvarnabhumi (Bangkok) and Don Mueang Airports until 18:00 hours today, THAI therefore canceled all scheduled domestic and international flights operating to and from both airports on 27th November until further notice.

13 Responses to “After Suvarnabhumi, PAD closes Don Muang airport (until thursday 6 PM ?)”


  1. 1 Chris 26 November 2008 at 11:08 pm

    What kind of General commands an army in charge of protecting and providing security to a country’s major airport(s), totally fails to provide that security and then does not offer to resign in disgrace?

    A General with no honor who commands no army and provides no protection or security to a country’s ordinary citizens.

  2. 2 ThaiCrisis 26 November 2008 at 11:11 pm

    … simple answer : a general who doesn’t want to do it.
    ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Anupong has proved many times that he didn’t want to do the dirty job for the government.

    And anyway, in Thailand, the army doesn’t obey the government…

  3. 3 Chris 26 November 2008 at 11:35 pm

    A General in charge of protecting a country’s gateway airport is not doing “a favor” for the government of the day when he carries out his obligations and duties with honor and efficiency. He has ab obligation to act on behalf of his country’s citizens who he has sworn to serve.

    When he fails in his task and allows a ragtag mob of several thousand to disrupt and destroy the security and protection of his country’s majopr airport, he is obliged to accept that he has acted without honor and is obliged to resign.

    Imagine in Japan, if the Army allowed a mob to occupy and close Narita Airport. Or in Beijing, or Shanghai, or Singapore, or Hong Kong, or Korea. Or Hanoi, Jakarta. In all such instances, the General in charge would resign in disgrace.

  4. 4 ThaiCrisis 26 November 2008 at 11:54 pm

    I perfectly agree with you. But with one big difference : Thailand is indeed different.

    The thai army has a very specific position within the state apparatus.

    My point : if Anupong doesn’t move it’s not because he’s “incompetent”. It’s because he doesn’t want to move.

    Speaking about “duties”, “efficiency” and “honor” is irrelevant in Thailand.

    Just one example to make my point : have you heard about the army making a coup in Japan, Vietnam, Singapore, China, etc. ?
    Of course not. But in Thailand… well… no need to look at history books… ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Here is the list of the coups since 1971 :
    http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20060919/thailand_coups_060919/20060919/
    And the last one, was just 2 years ago !

    So again, classic criterias do not apply. This is why the current game is so difficult to understand.

  5. 5 thaichris 27 November 2008 at 1:22 am

    @chris

    What do you expect the army to do? Open fire at the PAD demonstrators at the airport? With tousands of foreigners inside? Your kidding.

    Have you been to the airport? We don’t talk about 100 demonstrators sitting in front of the building. We talk about thousands of demonstrator inside and outside. If the army tries to clean up, they can only loose. The PAD movement became o bg to be cswipped out by force. You through them out of the airport (pople will die – foreigners) and the people of PAD will occupy the next place (maybe Siam Paragon). Will you ask the army to bombard Siam Paragon in order t disperse the protesters?

    This problem can only be solved by negociations, by compromise, by having everybody step back. But non of the sides is willing to give up an inch. PAD can continue there protests indefinitally. How long can the Shinawatra clan, the reds continue? This will be the question.

    A general remark. The ongoing unrest leads to a ‘politisation’ of the Thai society. Peoples which never thought about politics start to listen to both sides. PAD installs ASTV dishes for free in communities up country. People out there ow here about not paying taxes’, ‘1 million cows project and only 1’000 cows distributed’, ‘rupper samplings’, ‘the economical crisis and the governement doing nothing against it’ etc. And they start to understand how it will affect them in the future. And NBT is doing the same thing on there side, with there arguments. The result will be a much more ‘politizised’ society and Thailand will look different in the next selection, maybee not better but different. New leaderson all sides will appear (many of them currently practice political agitation on the stages of PAD) and they will not stop even if one side wins. The will focus on there original tasks (the unions on labour rights, the monarchists on protecting th monarchy, the parties on gaining political power, the representatives of the farmers on land reform, etc.) and they will make se of what they learned in these days. Thailand will not be like it was before.

  6. 6 Bedwyr 27 November 2008 at 1:25 am

    The Phillipines presidency spokesman makes a fair point in today’s Bangkok Pot.

    “Thailand is a country which lacks political maturity”.

    But it isn’t just political maturity, the real problem here is emotional maturity. Speak to any psychologist (except a Thai psychologist) and they will tell you that according to the Piaget scale, Thais are at about the same cognitive development as an early adolescent in the west.

    Aw, bless ’em. To think they are so smart and yet actually be so stupid is a real burden for them.

    Bedwyr

  7. 7 FDL 27 November 2008 at 1:38 am

    I must agree with you TC and I sympathize with Chris (and others like him). Honor, duty, integrity,competence and accountability are indeed leadership virtues demanded from Thailand’s political elite. But TC and myself have yet to find ONE Thai leader who had/can display these qualities during normal and crisis situations.

    That was a bummer watching and listening to Somchai Wongsawat (I really have a difficult time according Somchai the title PM because this guy is as invisible as he is indecisive and unauthoratative) last night on TV. Predictably he had to utter, thankfully without choking, that he is an ELECTED and his DUTY is to defend Thai democracy. I almost cried at the HONOR and INTEGRITY expressed by Mr. Somchai, our perennially absent PM.

    But the truth TC: Somchai, Anuphong and the rest of us have no real solution to the political mess Thailand is inflicting on those poor tourists stranded at Suvaranabhumi airport.

    I guess we all just to have to sit it out indefinitely while the Somchai Wongsaway smiles blandly in public while his designated agents continue to rain M-79 launched grenades to the direction of the PAD yellows, and, Sondhi/Chamlong’s PAD guards respond in kind.

    Thailand is going to have a wonderful Christmas and New Year fireworks this year-end, it looks like while those stranded tourists at Suvarnabhumi take photos of Amazing Thailand.

  8. 8 chinesethai 27 November 2008 at 2:11 am

    ThaiCrisis:

    Your answers have proven that you are familiar with Thailand.

    Chris and many other observers might not be aware that in Thailand, PM, MPs, Ministers, Senators, Chief National Police, Army Commanders and whatnot do not come by normal processes even in a normal time. Many western and western-educated Thai observers perceive Thailand as more democratically advanced than a communist regime like China but they are all wrong.

    P.S. ThaiCrisis, if you understood Mandarin, you could have enjoyed yesterday’s daily political talk show (ไปŠๆ—ฅๅ…ณๆณจ jinri guanzhu) on China’s CCTV-4. They analyzed each of the characters involved from HMK, HMQ, Thaksin, Potjaman, Anupong, Sondhi Limthongkul, PPP, Puea Thai Party (PTP), lese-majeste law, the nature of Thai elections and gave the audiences background of Thai politics and how it could develop further just like we have discussion on this blog.

  9. 9 fall 27 November 2008 at 3:57 am

    The military would not lift a finger to hurt the PAD for another reason(my theory).

    Remember the recent promotion list and military budget? My guess is some military bigwigs make deal and use PAD as leverage to get what they want from the government. Something along the line of “Give us what we want, or we will support the PAD”. Of course, after they got what they want, they broke their deal with PAD.
    That was why in prior months, the PAD cried that military did not intervene, they got used and dumped.

    Now, if the millitary lift a finger, PAD would cry and tell. So currently an unspoken deal is – dont interfere and we wont tell. But PAD leaders all know they a dead men walking if things settle peacefully and they got caught, because EVERYONE who deal with them would want to silence the lead. Hence, the current final showdown.

  10. 10 chinesethai 27 November 2008 at 5:09 am

    ThaiCrisis:

    If I send some pictures that go totally unreported and unpublished in the mainstream media and most blogs, would you mind posting them in your blog? It is totally up to your judgment whether you should publish them.

    I believe that it will not weaken your journalism and neutrality because you are presenting the fact.

    I have already had your address but am asking for your permission. I don’t want to spam your inbox.

    May I?

  11. 11 ThaiCrisis 27 November 2008 at 5:53 am

    Yes, yes go ahead with the pictures.

  12. 12 max 27 November 2008 at 5:55 am

    yes.. but you don’t EXPLAIN why he doesn’t want to. and also, his shady role must offer some explanation for why the police have been reduced to an incapacitated body to be heaped with scorn and derision, not only unable to serve and protect, but unable to even engage in defensive postures for self-preservation. with the courts looming like the angel of death, the PAD and their backers have enough blood on their hands to escape any scrutiny. after all domineering retribution, not justice, is the name of the game among the court’s junta-installed mortgage brokers to maximize dividends from the junta-scripted constitution. the english-language media is perhaps the most negligent because even the foreign correspondents are beholden to some local poo yai or another.

    thank you

  13. 13 chinesethai 27 November 2008 at 6:34 am

    Thank you, ThaiCrisis. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Pictures of deadly violence in Chiangmai yesterday have been sent to your inbox. It is up to your judgment whether they should be published here.

    I would like to communicate not just to you guys here but to the people from both sides that violence has spread outside Bangkok and gone mostly unreported in the mainstream media. It is wild. Anybody would see me as PAD’s de facto spokesman here but what’s wrong with presenting you with the complete picture of the clash happening now?

    One word that can describe the state of the Kingdom now is “ANARCHY”.


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