Sunday, August 31, 2008

Tussle in Thailand

I hope the populace is successful; I just wish Americans would show the same guts.

Also see:
Thais Fed Up With Globalization and AmeriKa

"Besieged Thai leader insists he will not quit; Protesters occupy facility for 5th day" by Reuters | August 31, 2008

BANGKOK - Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej vowed yesterday not to quit in the face of intensifying protests aimed at toppling his 7-month-old government.

Speaking to thousands of supporters at an official event, Samak said he had requested an audience with King Bhumibol Adulyadej to brief him on the political situation, as protesters occupied Government House for a fifth day. The crowd at the government compound reached about 10,000 yesterday.

Samak also called an emergency session of parliament today so lawmakers can discuss ways to resolve the crisis. The prime minister said he had been constitutionally elected in December and would never bow to the demands of the protesters, who are adamant they will remain camped out inside the prime minister's official compound until his government falls.