Thai protesters have taken over Bangkok’s main airport, crippling Thailand’s tourism industry and stranding visitors to the country.
Step Vaessen reports from inside the capital’s international airport.
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Thai police flee Bangkok airport as protesters attack
by Ian MacKinnon, Sadie Gray and agencies
guardian.co.uk, Saturday November 29 2008 15.18 GMT
Thai riot police fled their checkpoint outside Bangkok’s besieged international airport today when they were attacked by several hundred armed anti-government protesters.
Some 150 officers stationed half a mile down the expressway leading to Suvarnabhumi airport’s terminal piled into their vehicles and left as a convoy of demonstrators drove towards them.
As the police vehicles passed, the protesters hurled firecrackers at them and took swings at their windscreens with iron bars.
Yesterday 2,000 riot police were deployed around the airport, suggesting they were about to evict members of the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) who have occupied the terminal since Tuesday. The occupation has forced the cancellation of all flights.
An estimated 2,000 protesters have barricaded themselves into Suvarnabhumi airport and Bangkok’s second airport, Don Muang.