Thousands of anti-government protesters continue to occupy Bangkok’s international airport, clamoring for Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat to resign. Protesters took over the airport on Wednesday and have refused to leave. The protesters have also called for new elections.
The airport is evacuating stranded travelers and halted departing flights.
The halts come as a blow to Thailand’s tourism industry, which has already suffered from the effects of the global financial crisis.
Blogger “Surawat” was at the airport picking up a friend when the protesters arrived and describes the siege.
The anti-government People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) is campaigning against Wongsawat, contesting that he is a puppet for his brother-in-law and ousted Thai leader, Thaksin Shinawatra.
Blogger “Mackensie” writes from Uttaradit, Thailand to provide a background of the conflict, arguing that the airport siege will have massive economic repercussions.
Twitter user “kofty” in Bangkok posts updates about the situation.
A recent announcement from the PAD apologizes for the inconvenience created by the airport closure, but calls the siege “crucial.”
The “ThaiXpatWriter” blog calls for Prime Minister Wongsawat to step down, proclaiming “Fight on yellowshirts!” ( a reference to the PAD’s yellow garb).
The “Aventures d’un métis” blog says the PAD should change their title to TAD — “Thais Against Democracy.”
The “Meaw & More” blog argues that by not preventing the airport siege, the government has allowed the PAD to self-destruct by creating negative public sentiment.
A blogger at “Our Thailand Adventure” writes about possible end-game scenarios to the airport siege and other protests.