Airport blockade : the fifth day

The Longest Night, Second Take is over. Status quo.

Call it The Tartar Steppe, or All Quiet on the Western Front

And the Bible was obviously wrong : “God said : The water shall teem with swarms of living creatures. Flying creatures shall fly over the land, on the face of the heavenly sky.”

Not quite. 😉

The blockade at Suvarnabhumi Airport (and Don Muang) enters fifth day. The damages are heavy.

Nearly 100,000 passengers have missed flights since protesters shut down Bangkok’s two main airports on Tuesday and the total could hit 300,000 as the shutdown continues. (Nation)

Political damages too. Confusion is high. An alleged Prime Minister in exil in Chiang Mai, afraid of his own shadow. Army and police not following orders. The Chief of police sacked. Thaksin adding gasoline onto the fire. And an explosive conjunction of events, the Bermuda Triangle.

How things could get worse ?

A messy and bloody assault on Suvarnabhumi this is what people fear.

Last point… there is something surreal about this blockade. You should look this report, on CNN. “Aviation security breach”. Outside dozen of stranded aircrafts, without any surveillance. “No one has checked who we are or what we are carrying”.

Absolutly ZERO staff… Not even a single guard at the shops… They took care -before to leave- to put plastic film on some of the shelves… After immigration booths, the whole building is totally deserted.

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But… “They left the music on”. 😉

6 Responses to “Airport blockade : the fifth day”


  1. 1 Chris 29 November 2008 at 12:28 am

    The CNN correspondent makes a very interesting point. With no control whatsoever as to activity in and around the entire airport and all its various hideaways as well as around the large number of long distance aircraft and all the back-up equipment such as catering, fueling, buses, not to speak of all the Duty Free Shop items that might have been compromised, etc……

    ……it would seem possible that the International Aviation Authorities will demand that the entire airport go through a total head-to-toe re-certification process which could take days or weeks in order to re-assure all the other connection airports in the world aviation system that no terror related materials or people (or drug-related or some other monkey business related) will arrive in their own airports without having had any checks at the Bangkok source.

    The present situation at the Bangkok Airport has created a gigantic hole in the overall system of aviation security.

    This would imply that once the mob has somehow been cleared or vacated, that the airport will not be able to re-open and get back to its normal cargo and passenger function for quite some time.

  2. 2 thaichris 29 November 2008 at 1:48 am

    TC. Here is one for the ‘weird’ collection. The master of the ‘law followers’ submited a great statement (video of the interview available on The Nation web page. Unfortunately he fell short to say that he will come back and accept the jail term.

    >> Fugitive ex-Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has called for anti-government protesters who seized Suvarnabhumi and Don Muang airports to respect the laws or face legal action. He warned that if they did not respect the law, “law enforcement must be done.”
    “The airports must be reopened and the protesters must respect not only the law, but the citizens of Thailand,” Thaksin said. “If no one respects the law, then law enforcement must be done.”

    Thaksin has been on the run after being sentenced in absentia to two years in jail on corruption charges in Thailand. He was referring to seizing of the airports by protesters led by People’s Alliance for Democracy, which reached the fifth day on Saturday. Thai Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat, who is Thaksin’s brother in law, has issued state of emergency both airports. The move was seen as a tool to allow police to disperse them. <<

  3. 3 chinesethai 29 November 2008 at 8:03 am

    thaichris,

    I am not surprised if Thaksin suddenly emerged in the media calling for others to respect the law. Coz Thaksin would only respect the law only when he has the upperhand over his rivals.

    Same applies to his recent verbal attack against the British Government over his visa revocation. When seeking asylum, he praised Britain for being the crux of democracy. When denied reentry, he abruptly said Britain has forgotten democratic values.

    He once said those who put money in BVI is unpatriotic but he did just the opposite.

    Just at the beginning of 2008 he said he wouldn’t return to politics. Just a couple of months later, he vowed to return.

    Thaksin is a nasty creep indeed, so are the people who are fully informed knowing full well what kind of creature Thaksin is but still support him!! I personally won’t make friends with these obviously untrustworthy people.

  4. 4 fall 29 November 2008 at 8:10 am

    Thaksin has been on the run after being sentenced in absentia to two years in jail on corruption charges in Thailand.
    Why do people keep saying it that?

  5. 5 fall 29 November 2008 at 8:33 am

    By the way, something just occur to me.
    There is ONE place that is more important than an airport or parliament and police will bash your head if you dare protest there, peaceful or not. Then ALL the military bigwigs would go apologize to the owner for all the fuss.

    Hint: It’s a civilian house, retired(or so said). The name contain a digit and a pillar.

  6. 6 Mark B GHA 30 November 2008 at 1:18 am

    I respect the right of protest but guess what my $20,000 1 week holiday with my wife will now not be spent in Thailand. Make up your minds or you will do more harm to your country than you have thought of in the long term. We have decided never to visit Thailand due to this demonstration, how many jobs would my money have paid for and I am talking in-country expenditure.


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