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Thai Parliament postpones meeting amid protests

hailand’s Parliament has postponed a joint session of Parliament as thousands of anti-government protesters surrounded the building in a bid to unseat the administration. Meanwhile, two small blasts went off near the office of protest leader.

Samart Kaewmeechai, the deputy house speaker, said the Monday meeting was cancelled because members of Parliament could not access the building.

Thousands of protesters from the People’s Alliance for Democracy marched to Parliament at sunrise in a rally billed as their final bid to oust the government. Protesters have been camped at the prime minister’s office compound for three months.

Protesters blocked the gates to Parliament and tried to prevent lawmakers from entering and cut electrical wires outside the building to create a blackout ahead of the session scheduled for 9:30 a.m. (0230 GMT). Many demonstrators carried masks and swimming goggles to protect against tear gas, which police have said they would use as a last resort to maintain order.

The demonstrators initially called the protest to blon Sricarak. “We have been attacked, our friends have died, and all because they want to protect Thaksin.”

Two small explosions went off before dawn Monday near the offices of a key protest leader, said police Sgt. Theerapong Rakjit. Nobody was injured and no one claimed responsibility for the blasts.

The last time the group marched on Parliament, police efforts to disperse them resulted in running street battles. Two people were killed in the Oct. 7 violence and hundreds injured.

November 24, 2008 Posted by | politics | , , , | Leave a comment