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Might Bangkok airport get closed as part of February 2 election disruption?

  • EdwardTrunk

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    We are due to fly into Bangkok airport at 6.00 hours in transit and depart at 10.00 for Laos - on February 2, which I think is the date for the elections which the Yellow Shirts have said they'll try to disrupt. Via airport workers' trade unions, might the Yellow Shirts close down Bangkok airport as part of their disruption or does this seem out of the question?

    #1 Posted: 10/1/2014 - 03:37

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  • DLuek

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    The 'yellow shirt' side had not hinted at occupying the airports so far, and if they're not doing it as part of the Bangkok shutdown thing this week, I doubt they'll do it at all. But then, you never know...

    #2 Posted: 10/1/2014 - 08:37

  • Captain_Bob

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    Highly unlikely. The seige of Suvarnabhumi airport for 8 days in Nov/Dec 2008 pissed off so many foreigners and made such a bad image for the PAD (yellow shirts) that this sort of stunt is very unlikely to re-occcur. Anyway it would not prevent the so-called "elections" from taking place and this is not the protesters intent. The Democrat party are simply boycotting it as a farce and forgone conclusion. The term "yellow shirts", by the way, is now pretty much irrelevant as the protest movement represents people from all over the country and many different political beliefs and socio-economic levels. Anyway, the only airport that has been threatened with closure in down south in Krabi which is quite a different story. You should be just fine transiting through BKK to Luang Prabang.

    #3 Posted: 10/1/2014 - 08:39

  • EdwardTrunk

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    Thanks very much, that's reassuring.

    #4 Posted: 10/1/2014 - 09:58

  • LeonardCohe-

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    The protestors are sore losers. They can't win elections so they sook. I'd send in the army.

    #5 Posted: 10/1/2014 - 12:08

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