BANGKOK, Thailand (eTN) - The latent political crisis about the controversial Thai Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej, considered by many Thais as a “proxy” of previous Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, has translated for now more than 100 days by demonstrations from the political movement “People’s Alliance for Democracy” (PAD).
The demonstrations began peacefully, but have turned increasingly to confrontation with the Samak government, asking for the prime minister’s resignation. With violence spreading out in the past few days,
The closure of the roads leading to the Southern airports of Hat yai, Krabi and Phuket forced the government to finally close the three airports to air traffic on Friday late afternoon. If flights to and out of
Hundreds of passengers have been blocked on Friday and Saturday. The situation in air transport could become worst as Thai Airways International Labor Union asked its 15,000 members to launch a strike in sign of solidarity with the protesters. Despite the fact that strikes are forbidden in public companies, employees are automatically entitled to a two-day leave for illness. TG labor union already has threatened to ask to all 25,000 airline staff to stop working if the government will continue to use force against PAD protesters.
Some 250 rail workers already stopped working on Friday, paralyzing passengers’ traffic in the country. Thai Transport Minister Santi Prompat asked the SRT (
PAD protesters in
Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej had an audience by late Saturday with the king of
The Thai government has since declared a state of emergency in