The Longest Night : second take

2 AM

The United States says it is “deeply concerned” about thousands of protesters who have occupied Thailand’s airports in an anti-government campaign that marks the country’s worst political crisis in decades.

State Department spokesman Gordon Duguid said Friday that the People’s Alliance for Democracy action is “not an appropriate means of protest.”

He says the United States urges the protesters “to walk away from the airports peacefully.” (AP)

1 AM
Good news, we have details about the dissolution parties case… Nation publishes an article that summarizes the story. So actually, something has changed . Keyword : fast-track. 😉

This case is one side of the Bermuda’s Triangle.

A few quotes :

The high court ruled to drop the hearing of witnesses and the admission of additional evidence on the grounds that it already had sufficient information to form a verdict.

The abrupt wrap-up of the case is seen as paving the way for a snap election. […]

Matchima’s defence lawyer Chatchai Chookaew said he was surprised at the abrupt decision to fast-track the case.

So basically, the verdict could be given just after this deadline of december 2. And many people forecast a dissolution…

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11 PM. Live images from ASTV 3 (supporting the PAD). Click here.

Suvarnabhumi makes a very good set, with nice colors, isn’it ?

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And still the same crowd of people listening (here on the departure level of the airport).

To imagine a police assault here… is a scary image. Because there is no escape. Basically before and after this location there is a road… elevated. So you can not jump. The only way would be to go inside the building… And inside, it’s like a trap, a big one. The only way to flee would be to go down, at ground level (second and third level, arrivals level), with the parking, the hotel… But there are only mechanical stairs and a few elevators. Impossible to move a lot of people quickly.

The reverse move is even scarier. If the police arrive by the ground level. They would push the people on the road, toward the PAD’s barricades… and then after the people would go like rats to the police positions on the elevated road.

14 Responses to “The Longest Night : second take”


  1. 1 Fish 28 November 2008 at 5:50 pm

    Say the verdict on the 2nd is good ie ;no blood and the PAD walk out the airport with the little clappy hands all happy, it will still take days for the airport to be up and running again surely..??

  2. 2 The Ghost 28 November 2008 at 6:52 pm

    You’re good on economics, but not on tactical strategy. According to ex-forces people I’ve spoken with, the best stragegy is to drop forces in via helicopter, go high and gas everyone. Hit them with CS and most of the women and children (paid to be there) would fleet. Hit them again and again with CS. No one can take tear gas for long with just towels and swim goggles.

    The ones who remain are the hardcore nuts. You then storm these last few with flash bangs, more gas and guns. Perhaps rubber bullets.

    It can be done. Someone needs simply to find the will to do it.

  3. 3 ThaiCrisis 28 November 2008 at 7:14 pm

    Oh I’m sure they’re working on many plans. But still, it would be difficult to avoid panic, and casualties. The building is huge, but the accesses are narrow, at least on the departure level, with this famous elevated road.

    Other issue : the building. How far the gvt is willing to go with… destruction ?

    The “hardcore nuts” like you say won’t give up easily, waiting for the CS.

    So I’m not sure it’s only a matter of will, because from a technical point of view it must be difficult to achieve, and it’s likely to be messy.

    By the (not) way, you don’t want to start blogging again ? 😉

  4. 4 Fish 28 November 2008 at 7:25 pm

    More likely they are working on what to eat next !! I agree Ghost thats whats needed but do the Thai’s have such skilled soldiers ? If the police are anything to go by i doubt it !!! It would end in disaster..it still might mind you..

  5. 5 Jack 28 November 2008 at 7:40 pm

    What the perfect oppertunity the Thai’s have to build a new airprot, and this time they might get it right.

  6. 6 ThaiCrisis 28 November 2008 at 7:57 pm

    Good remark. Exactly like with the Government House.

    Occupied since end of august by the PAD ? No problem, let’s build a new one !
    https://thaicrisis.wordpress.com/2008/11/14/government-house-still-occupied-lets-build-a-new-one/

    You see Jack, your idea is fashion
    😉

  7. 7 Fish 28 November 2008 at 8:34 pm

    If they are not out by the 5th tell them free birthday cake and a bottle of Thai whiskey under orders from team yellow, they will pour out , close the doors behind them job done..!

  8. 8 E. Spitzer 28 November 2008 at 10:47 pm

    If the PAD decided to damage the control tower or any other important components (computers, A/C control, etc..)
    It could take weeks to get the airport operational again.

    I don’t see any strategy that wouldn’t result in bloodshed and significant damage to the airport. The PAD is not going to surrender if attacked, and it appears that they have a core group ready for tear gas.

    As usual we have no idea what will happen next, but my fear is the government feels the need to do something before the 2nd, to show that they are ‘in charge’ and a legitimate government. My hope is that everyone will continue to ignore them.

  9. 9 chinesethai 29 November 2008 at 4:20 am

    Fish,

    One question…..

    Are you implying that Thaksin-backed Somchai Wongsawat is no longer capable of running the country because as a PM he failed to remove the protesters, by peaceful or violent means alike, from the Airport?

  10. 10 chinesethai 29 November 2008 at 4:21 am

    (more)

    You elected PPP to rule not to complain, didn’t you?

  11. 11 Fish 29 November 2008 at 9:19 am

    Chinesethai; This is where the internet can get confusing; firstly i should point out i am not Thai so do not vote, secondly i should have stated when i talk about team yellow i am meaning HRM i have been on another thai web site that refers to HRM as team yellow to aviod upsetting ,naming etc..i forgot that the dear PAD wear yellow !!my apologies

    In answer to your question for what its worth i think that neither are or where capable of running the country, and looking at Thai history not many that have been in office have also done a good job; ie 17 coups…

    A real shame because its a lovely place full of lovely people.. excluding the police and the government of course..

  12. 12 Bedwyr 29 November 2008 at 9:55 am

    Fish, hi.

    You missed a bit:

    “A real shame because its a lovely place full of lovely people.. excluding the police and the government of course.. and 90% of everyone else in Bangkok

    Bedwyr

  13. 13 chinesethai 29 November 2008 at 12:14 pm

    Fish,

    It doesn’t matter whether you are Thai to be able to answer my question. It is a general concept of leadership. What do you go the poll to directly/indirectly elect a leader for?

  14. 14 Fish 29 November 2008 at 1:13 pm

    I understand the concept of voting and electing a leader, even though 99.9 % of all politicians are lying , two faced pricks.and fill the voters up wirh false promises et etc ..not to sure most Thai’s understand it by the look of it

    I was pointing out i was not Thai in answering you comment ( You elected PPP to rule not to complain, didn’t you ? )

    I mis read your way of writing the question i took as , “shut up Fish you voted for them to rule not complain did ‘nt you ?”

    I am not sideing with either , between them all they could not run a bath !!


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Thailand Crisis

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