Thailand is increasingly turning into the ‘land of demonstrators’. The capital city Bangkok according to latest news reports being spawned by anti-government demonstrators.
They have spread across Bangkok on Monday morning, surrounding the Parliament building and advancing on the police headquarters in what they described as a final push to unseat the government reported International Herald Tribune.
Officials forced to cancel a session of Parliament scheduled for Monday after the protesters massed outside the building and the electricity was reportedly cut.
“We have agreed to cancel the session until the situation is back to normal,” Chai Chidchob, the speaker of the House of Representatives, said on Thai television.
By midafternoon, however, demonstrators had pulled back from Parliament. Instead, organizers from the People’s Alliance for Democracy, the group leading the protests, called for supporters to head to Don Muang airport, the Thai capital’s old international airport now used mostly for domestic flights.
Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat and his cabinet have been using the old airport as a temporary seat of government because alliance protesters have occupied the offices and grounds of Government House since August.
International Herald Tribune also said the Education Ministry closed several local schools on Monday morning, according to news reports, and keepers at the nearby Dusit Zoo relocated some of their more skittish animals – kangaroos, wallabies and elephants – to quieter holding areas.
Thaksin, a billionaire businessman, is beloved by the mostly rural poor, who carry tremendous political weight in Thailand. He was ousted as prime minister by a military coup in 2006 and later relocated to London to avoid corruption charges against him and his wife in Thailand.