Anti-government protests spread in Bangkok

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Anti-government street protests in Bangkok © Arno Maierbrugger

Anti-government protesters in Thailand have been marching on November 22 through parts of downtown Bangkok, chanting paroles against Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and causing heavy traffic jams.

Ex-Democrat MP and protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban says the target is to raise the number of demonstrators to 1 million in his campaign to eliminate the so-called “Thaksin regime” from Thailand.

Street protests are expected to escalate on Sunday, November 24. However, Mr Ekkanat said that Sunday “will not be the last day of the demonstration”. He said it will be “just the start” of a huge rally to overthrow the government. City police have expressed concern.

Bangkok’s tourism has begun to be adversely affected by prolonged street protests in the heart of the Thai capital, said Kongkrit Hirunkit, chief adviser to Deputy Premier/Finance Minister Kittirat na Ranong. HE said that the anti-government street protests might probably cause the Thai tourist industry to decline by about 10 per cent from now until the end of the first quarter of next year.

According to the University of Thai Chamber of Commerce’s Center for Economics and Business Forecasts, the tourism’s earnings might be currently dropping by an estimated $500 million in the face of the sustained protests.

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Anti-government street protests in Bangkok © Arno Maierbrugger

Anti-government protesters in Thailand have been marching on November 22 through parts of downtown Bangkok, chanting paroles against Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and causing heavy traffic jams.

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Bangkok protests Nov 2013
Anti-government street protests in Bangkok © Arno Maierbrugger

Anti-government protesters in Thailand have been marching on November 22 through parts of downtown Bangkok, chanting paroles against Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and causing heavy traffic jams.

Ex-Democrat MP and protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban says the target is to raise the number of demonstrators to 1 million in his campaign to eliminate the so-called “Thaksin regime” from Thailand.

Street protests are expected to escalate on Sunday, November 24. However, Mr Ekkanat said that Sunday “will not be the last day of the demonstration”. He said it will be “just the start” of a huge rally to overthrow the government. City police have expressed concern.

Bangkok’s tourism has begun to be adversely affected by prolonged street protests in the heart of the Thai capital, said Kongkrit Hirunkit, chief adviser to Deputy Premier/Finance Minister Kittirat na Ranong. HE said that the anti-government street protests might probably cause the Thai tourist industry to decline by about 10 per cent from now until the end of the first quarter of next year.

According to the University of Thai Chamber of Commerce’s Center for Economics and Business Forecasts, the tourism’s earnings might be currently dropping by an estimated $500 million in the face of the sustained protests.

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