PM declares state of emergency at 2 airports

Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat declared state of emergency at Don Muang and Suvarnabhumi Airports which are under siege of the anti-government protesters.

Somchai said the imposing of the emergency state will be on temporary basis.

City police bureau will be in charge of enforcing the decree at Don Muang Airport under supervision of Interior Minister Pol Gen Kowit Wattana.

The Royal Navy and the First Region Police Bureau will be in charge of the jobs at Suvarnabhurmi Airport, Somchai said. ( Nation)

As usual, half of a decision.

-PAD could regroup somewhere else in Bangkok to continue the harassement.

-It’s too late. 48 hours to decide to protect the capital’s airport… ? it’s like a big sign : “Yes I’m a bozo, but I swear, the words Prime Minister are written on my business cards”

-again, lack of credibility. So Thailand needs the state of emergency to… protect an international airport and to prevent protesters to take control of it ? What else ? Does the government need the imprimatur of the Pope too ? A drawing from the Queen of England perhaps ?

UPDATE
So it’s official now. They are going to wait a little bit. And then launch the action during the night. Some people question… the opportunity to call the… navy. They can’t handle this type of situation.

Last point : we should not forget what happened when Samak declared… the state of emergency too. It was a disaster. And probably the beginning of the end for him. Read here.

18 Responses to “PM declares state of emergency at 2 airports”


  1. 1 FDL 27 November 2008 at 1:54 pm

    Hmmmmm . . . a lot hesitation from Somchai Wongsawat and that is understandble. Somchai Wongsawat can no longer govern anyway, even if there is no coup, so why not take a grateful/ungrateful exit by resigning. Vichai N. makes a nice comment over at BangkokPundit that Somchai will be making an unwise choice if he opts to direct a bloody charge against protesters at Suvarnabhumi/Don Muang airports. Then what?

  2. 2 ThaiCrisis 27 November 2008 at 2:07 pm

    … Then… back to square one. It won’t solve the problem. The PAD will have several “martyrs”… a few days before King’s birthday. It’s a dead end.

    We are in the middle of a stupid game, where nobody can loose, but someone has to loose.

    I like this word of a US journalist : “Covering this crisis is like trying to explain the unexplainable, without mentioning the unmentionable.” (via Bangkok Pundit).
    ๐Ÿ˜‰

    The royal succession. This is the core. Until this “matter” is not solved, Thailand will be a mess.

  3. 3 thaichris 27 November 2008 at 2:21 pm

    @TC

    And if the royal succession is solved? Maybe that would have changed something 2 years ago. But today? Mr.T. gives a sh.. about. He only wants revenge. Sondhi/Chamlong give a sh.. about. They just want Mr.T. to be history.

    Could you explain what would be different? And in who’s favour it would go? I think, that all what would happen is, that Thailand comes to a full stop for about a month. And then the old sories will pop up again. The entire story went far beyond ‘monarchist against republicans’.

  4. 4 chinesethai 27 November 2008 at 2:36 pm

    The problem can only be solved

    1. if Thaksin disappears or out of existence by any means immediately

    …or…

    2. if Thaksin wins this war.

    ThaiCrisis, you have missed an important news several days ago that from Dubai Thaksin identifies “S” and “P” as his arch enemy!!

  5. 5 ThaiCrisis 27 November 2008 at 2:39 pm

    You misunderstood me. I didn’t say that the royal succession could automatically solve the problem.

    I think that the mess will continue until (minimum) the royal succession happens.

    That’s the stakes if I may say.

    2 groups (to speak roughly), 2 logics oppose themselves :

    The first one sees an opportunity to use this event, to change the system (for its own profit of course)

    The second one sees a threat in this event, and therefore tries to keep the upper hand, or at least tries to prevent the first group to use it.

    This is basically my reading of the situation. But maybe I’m too european-centric (with the dialectic, class struggle, etc.).

    But do not forget that on the ground the situation is much more complicated and confused, with sub-groups, sub-interests mixing together.

    But if you’re looking for a “working drawing”, yes, I would say that : (and to keep it vague) we have a binary fight modernism/conservatism.

    I think things are really simple. Always. Through history, we see the same emotions, human behaviours and forces at work.

    Read my “Why we should worry” page. Nothing will be the same after King Rama IX. That’s the core of the issue. Both group know this.

    An era is about to end. A new one will start. At those “pivot” moments in history, there are always troubles.

    Now, of course, it’s impossible to foresee what will happen….

  6. 6 ThaiCrisis 27 November 2008 at 2:41 pm

    Oh no please not the “alphabet soup” again ! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  7. 7 chinesethai 27 November 2008 at 2:48 pm

    Chiangmai has become the de facto capital of the newly created de facto state of “Shinland”. I am wondering if Somchai Wongsawat would fly over to Bangkok to hear the Royal Speech on Dec 4th as traditionally scheduled.

    Somchai has disregarded Gen Anupong Paojinda and Pol Gen Patcharawat Wongsuwan as both of them do not have the gut to do the “last minute” job for Thaksin. Let’s see if Somchai’s state of emergency will end up the same way as that of Samak.

  8. 8 ThaiCrisis 27 November 2008 at 2:49 pm

    “state of Shinland”, very funny ! Partition ? ๐Ÿ˜‰
    You’re right to remind us the circus of the famous “state of emergency” of the clown Samak.
    What an humiliation then…

    https://thaicrisis.wordpress.com/2008/09/05/samak-could-lift-soon-the-virtual-state-of-emergency-that-he-has-virtually-imposed-last-week/

  9. 9 chinesethai 27 November 2008 at 3:13 pm

    P.S. Before I go to bed, I wanna say something from the bottom of my heart. Although I sometimes had disagreements with many of our friends here, foreigner or Thai alike, I LOVE YOUR BLOG. This blog is way better than the republican AsiaSentinel+The Economist or Pro-PAD sites, in which extremes from both sides are talking in totally different tunes. In this blog, with open mind, we are attempting to decode all the mysteries and share a great deal of informed analysis. This is the most wonderful thing about this blog, man. ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. 10 dooda 27 November 2008 at 3:38 pm

    yes i agree with Chinesethai and i am also happy to find this blog that analyse fairly without prejudice due to being republican or monarchist and treat readers with respect. Some other bloggers like to pretend and present themselves to be neutral although quite clear has hidden agenda to discredit unfairly Thai monarchy and anti-government groups and also to unfairly over praise the Thaksinism system and make Thaksin/PPP look good… really those bloggers disrespect intelligence of readers but here at this blog I feel there is sincere effort to present facts and unbiased information. thank you for this blog.

  11. 11 Hoktula 27 November 2008 at 4:03 pm

    “Vichai N. makes a nice comment…”

    the only thing I’ve noticed about Vichai N.
    – a lot of “nice” (= skillful) … demagogy ! ๐Ÿ™‚

    “Somchai has disregarded Gen Anupong Paojinda and Pol Gen Patcharawat Wongsuwan as both of them do not have the gut to do the โ€œlast minuteโ€ job for Thaksin.”

    oh, they have more than enough guts and balls and everything else alright! the ONLY thing what they do not have is – a permission from their boss (papa P. ?)

    Thailand crashes and burns
    By Shawn W Crispin
    Nov 27, 2008
    “First Army Region Commander Lieutenant General Kanit Sapitak… raised new questions about the chain of command when he indicated without elaborating at a Supreme Command headquarters meeting on Tuesday that there were powers higher than Anupong in deciding whether the military should launch a coup.”
    http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/JK27Ae02.html

    that’s the essence of it: that “higher powers” (I bet papa P.) decide on coup, not Anupong.

    and another point is – Anupong has never done “job for Thaksin” anyway. as I recall, Anupong was one of CNS, the guys who rather did “job” not for Thaksin but against him.

  12. 12 thaioutsidein 27 November 2008 at 6:04 pm

    same here. great blog. hope things will turn out for the better after tonight..

  13. 13 DTRY 27 November 2008 at 8:44 pm

    Sigh. ThaiCrisis, you’re making a very wrong assumption. I was thinking about explaining it to you the first time I saw your blog. Now here’s the time…

    This whole mess isn’t about royal succession. No, it’s all about royal reactionaries trying to take the power back from an elected politician.

    I consider myself an “enlightened” Thai. Enlightened from all the lies I’ve been fed since childhood: That the king is perfect and impartial. That he doesn’t involve in politics. That he is benovelent towards all his subjects.

    It’s not true.

    See the 6th October 1976 Massacre for the best example. The royal reactionaries (which Samak was a part of) attacked and brutally killed the leftist students. Their agenda? To protect the nation, the religion, and the king. One of the reactionary group was called Nawapol – “The Power of Nine.” Do I need to remind you that the king is Rama IX? He didn’t lift a finger to stop that massacre. After the coup that followed, one of his aide, Thanin Kraivixian, was appointed to be the PM. And he was one of the worst PM Thailand ever has. He was ousted in a coup one year later. Despite an awful mess he made, Thanin was appoint as a Privy Counciller. Go figure.

    And PAD is no difference. They have the same ideology: nation, religion, king. They regarded their enemies as hellish beasts which needed to be destroyed. And they have an obvious backing from the queen.

    Why? Because Thaksin is popular with the poor. Yes, he was corrupt. Yes, he abused his powers. Yes, he was also ruthless towards his enemies. But, heck, most of his supporters don’t care. He give them something nobody ever gave them before, not even the king, such as universal health care. Thaksin commands poor people’s loyalty. That’s why he must be removed.

    Now, what are you expecting Somchai to do with a mob of that backing? Waiting is all he can do. So the PAD will continue to alienate themselves from its supporter in Bangkok. Then he’ll move in to deal with it.

    So please, stop calling Somchai a coward. I’m not a fan of him, Samak, an Thaksin. But I can feel their pain, fighting such a battle. Somchai is an ex-judge, and I’m sure he knows how to fight them legally.

    If you can read Thai, I highly recommend you to read Fah Diew Kahn (www.sameskybooks.org) to get a better insight of what the king has done during his reign. Also, 2519.net has an excellent resource about the 1976 Massacre.

    If you can’t, then, find books by Giles Ungpakorn. You can even go to Chulalongkorn University to talk to him. Or, heck, read The King Never Smiles!

    And stop this nonsense about royal succession. Bottom line is: they don’t care as long as they can continue to control the people’s loyalty.

  14. 14 ThaiCrisis 27 November 2008 at 9:00 pm

    This whole mess isnโ€™t about royal succession. No, itโ€™s all about royal reactionaries trying to take the power back from an elected politician.

    Then we all agree. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    The point is : why those “reactionaries” forces are acting now ? Because of the coming royal succession.

    Thaksin was a threat to them. It’s obvious. A threat to the status quo. Thaksin (backed by his popular support) was seen as a threat, not to the current monarch… but the next one… the institution in itself.

    I mean, I agree more or less with what you’re saying… I just don’t understand why… you don’t understand. ๐Ÿ˜‰ It’s so obvious.
    The key is the succession. And the succession is the key.

    And when I say succession I don’t refer to the person who will become the next monarch… That’s not the point.

    Rama IX is an era by himself. What will happen after Rama IX ? A new era. Probably weaker, at least at the beginning. That’s the big fear of the conservative forces. Thaksin was becoming too powerful. He had to fall, to save the status quo and preserve the monarchy, after the succession.

    The current mess would have been IMPOSSIBLE 20 or even 10 years ago. But with the perspective of the coming succession, many forces are awakening.

    We are at pivot times. And those times are always linked to troubles…

    As for Somchai and all the clique, sorry, but I have no respect and no pitty for them. They are worthless.

    On the paper they are fighting for a good cause (one man = one vote), but in reality, they are a bunch of self-serving people, like all the others.

    Somchai is dull. But what about Samak, Chalerm ? Do you want this kind of people to rule Thailand ? Do you ?

  15. 15 chinesethai 28 November 2008 at 2:03 am

    ThaiCrisis:

    One would be naive if he/she believes the Royal Palace is a divine authority.

    And…

    One would be equally naive if he/she says Thaksin is wholeheartedly contributing to the poor’s good.

  16. 16 thaichris 28 November 2008 at 3:43 am

    Now the tactic is clear. The police will take a very agressive approach:

    Pol Maj Gen Piya Sorntrakul, deputy commissioner of the Police Provincial Bureau 1, said Friday that police would not use violence to try to end the protest at the Suvarnabhumi International Airport.

    “We are careful about steps to be taken,” Piya said.

    “We will definitely not use violence but we will follow every step of the law and will negotiate with the protesters. We are all Thais so talk should be the best policy.”

    Huuuuu!!! PAD is soooooo scared. Will teh y bring Paris Hilton to TALK away the protestrs? Or maybee they wait until all the protesters die from age. Weird!!
    Let’s take the approche PM Somchai suggested for the Government House. Let’s forget about the old one and build a new one. Together with a new Government House And a new Parliament. Maybee in Chiang Rai. Or even better. Let’s make it ‘mobile’. 20 large trucks with the infrastructure for government and parliament. Like this they could move it whenever the PAD approaches the site.

  17. 17 thaichris 28 November 2008 at 5:01 am

    @all

    Everybody talks about “old” order against “new” order – PAD representing the “old” one and PPP/UDD (Thaksin) representing the “new” one. But I think this is not the case. It’s “old” against “old”. Thaksin (Banharn, Snoh, Newin, …) do not represent at all a “new” generation. Finally they want the same system as we have today but only with a different leadership (themself). And that might also be a reason why we have the current dead-lock. There is no real choice.

    The breakthrough could only be if the under priviledged (farmers, labors, students, etc.) stood up by themself and take there fortune into there own hands not being represented by “old-old” or “old-new”. Unfortunately this would close the ranks between “old-old” and “old-new” but it might be worth the fight. It’s time for a REAL reolution in Thailand. I would call this “third hand”, not only the third finger on the same hand.

  18. 18 Bedwyr 28 November 2008 at 6:52 am

    Burn it all down and start again. The corrupt Thai system is beyond reconstruction – you can’t polish a turd. Wait until someone dies and then present a civil war that the Chinese can come into as peacekeepers.

    Might as well, nothing else seems to work the Thai side of the looking glass. And it is what the Chinese want anyway. Thailand would make another very nice buffer state. The Thais have a lot in common with the Burmese anyway. Except of course they don’t fight so well ๐Ÿ˜€

    Bedwyr


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Thailand Crisis

Coup, Economic slowdown, Terror In the South... The situation is worsening in Thailand. Bumpy road like often before.

But this time, it's different.

The key to understand the present turmoil is the inevitable... succession of King Bhumibol.


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