Sunday, November 30, 2008

Thailand the Land of Smiles in protest

The people of Bangkok, Thailand held huge demonstrations requesting the resignation of their prime minister.

The people of Thailand were protesting one person, their Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej Wongsawat, claiming he is a proxy for the former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who was thrown out in a coup in 2006. The protestors were led by a group called, Peoples Alliance for Democracy, (PAD), who wear yellow colored garments. While those who support the current prime minister and the government wear red.

The protestors led by PADs leader Suriyasai Katasila, have taken over Bangkoks Airport. In effect they shut down the airport leaving thousands of farang (farang being the Thai word for a foreigner of European ancestry) tourist stranded. This is Thailands tourist season called the high season.

Through all this turbulence the demonstrators have remained for the most part friendly, upbeat, and filled with smiles in this Land of Smiles (LOS), Thailands nickname.

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