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In late 2008 an act of blatant civil disobedience occurred in Thailand that caused worldwide headlines, considerable inconvenience to travelers, a tarnished image and lost revenues to Thailand’s tourist industry.
The Don Mueang and Suvarabhumi airports were taken over for eight days (November 26-December 3, 2008) by the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD), also known as the yellow shirts. The group can generally be described as conservative, supportive of the monarchy and rather leery of the democratic system of government.
Prior to the airport fiasco, PAD had wide public support as it rallied against the Thaksin Shinawatra government. Many Thais felt that Mr. Thaksin was governing in a dictatorial style. The Thaksin government was deposed through a military coup.
The public view of the PAD has recently taking a beating this year as it has occupied roads around Government House blocking the annual Thai Red Cross Fair that opens later this month. Police have used various methods to clear the roads including negotiation and removal of portable toilets. The protest is motivated by disapproval over the government’s handling of border dispute with Cambodia.
Local writers suggest that PAD is led by aging leaders, who want to relive previous glories rather than ride off into the sunset.
On Friday, Thailand’s Civil Court ordered the 13 PAD leaders to pay 522 million baht (US$17.3 million) to the Airports of Thailand for the damages incurred. The court rejected suggestions that the yellow shirt demonstration could have constitutional protection, saying that the rally was not peaceful and some protesters were armed.
The named defendants in the lawsuit include Maj-Gen Chamlong Srimuang, Sondhi Limthongkul, Pibhop Dhongchai, Somsak Kosaisuk, Suriyasai Katasila, Somkiat Pongpaibul, Saranyu Wongkrajang, Sirichai Mai-ngam and Maleerat Kaewka.
Currently being debated in the Thai Parliament is a bill to govern public demonstrations to prevent the recent string of massive demonstrations that have sullied the reputation of the “Land of Smiles,” including the red shirt demonstration that resulted in 90 deaths on May 19, 2010.
Thailand certainly needs such a law.
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March 27, 2011
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