Comments:Thai PM declares state of emergency over airport blockades

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Oh, this is one gem for sure!

According to the Bangkok Post there is concern that the blockade may send a message of religious intolerance to Saudi Arabia.


The Hajj is very important for Muslims, and Saudi Arabia is a huge investor that respects the importance of the Hajj. 20:23, 28 November 2008 (UTC)
Actually, I suspect Saudi Arabia makes a huge profit from the Haj. All those pilgrims need somewhere to stay, food to eat, and likely buy souvenirs. --Brian McNeil / talk 10:08, 29 November 2008 (UTC)

My point was that Saudi Arabia, with its beheading for apostasy laws and prohibition of practicing any religion other than Islam in public (where "in public" is >2 people) is certainly not the country that should ever complain about someone else's "religious intolerance"! 10:56, 30 November 2008 (UTC)

testing —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:52, 28 November 2008 (UTC)

Swat Team Time[edit]

Move in - give the protesters 30 minutes to move out and tell them exactly what is going to happen to them if they don't leave - be clear be specific -tell the media too and then do exactly what you said you would do. You will disburse from the airport or you will be arrested - if you resist force will be used at first it will be non-lethal. If one policeman is hurt - you will begin using lethal force. Be very very clear - let the media know what is going to happen. Then start arresting EVERYBODY who doesn't move. Enough is enough. The time for games is OVER. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 00:51, 29 November 2008 (UTC)

Like that'll work. Lethal force? Arresting several thousand protesters? C'mon, look at what happened in October and what hideously bad PR that was. My guess is the whole thing won't start to get resolved until December 5. That's the King's birthday, and if he asks the protesters to allow the reopening of the airports, they're kinda forced to since they claim to be fighting a government that is anti-monarchy. --Brian McNeil / talk 10:08, 29 November 2008 (UTC)
I don't know much about Thailand's politics but I really hope it's as you say. And that nobody will be hurt. -Alemaco (talk) 14:13, 30 November 2008 (UTC)
As the latest article I've written hints, this could all come to an end as early as next Tuesday. The constitutional court is due to hear closing arguments over a case that could see the ruling PPP outlawed and half the cabinet disqualified from politics for vote buying. This would force new elections and get rid of many of the people who are seen as Thaksin puppets. --Brian McNeil / talk 15:15, 30 November 2008 (UTC)