Home » Features » Events » April 2009 Bangkok Emergency

April 2009 Bangkok Emergency

About April 2009 Bangkok Emergency

Update at Sunday, April 12, 2009 at 16:10 UTC

Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has declared a state of emergency in the Bangkok city and surrounding areas. Rejecting the idea of his resignation as demanded by the protestors, Vejjajiva said the decision to impose emergency is to restore order. The protestors are revolting saying Vejjajiva's Government is not democraticlly elected and want a re-election. Armed troops ware seen on the streets of Bangkok. However media reports say that few busy road junctions, a railway line, busses and at least two armored vehicles are taken into their control. A day ago the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) scheduled to be held at Pattaya is postponed indefinitely.

A car in which Prime Minister Vejjajiva is traveling is attacked. However the PM isn’t inside the car. Former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has called up supporters to revolt. The message came out just few minutes after Vejjajiva declared the Bangkok emergency. Vejjajiva speaking to an international media channel said he would be coming to Bangkok to stage a march if necessary.

Update at Sunday, April 12, 2009 at 16:40 UTC

The British Foreign and Commonwealth on its website has asked Britons to reconsider their travel plans in the wake of the emergency situation there.

Thai Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban said that there would be no coup in the country and that the decision to impose emergency in the Bangkok region is taken after protestors began planning to create political disturbances.

Update at Monday, April 13, 2009 at 15:10 UTC

Thai troops advanced in Bangkok and a series of clashes between the troops and the pro-Thaksin protesters are reported. As many as 96 people are reported to be injured in the clashes today. The injured are given treatment at nine hospitals in Bangkok. Prime Minister Vejjajiva appeared on the television and clarified about the coup. Former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra also gave a video message to rally the protesters and urged soldiers to join him in the revolt against the present Prime Minister. People in large numbers who work in the Bangkok are actually out of city to join their families ahead of the Songkran Festival from April 13 to 15, 2009.

Comment on this story