It looks like the Thai government is in for a rough ride. Protesters converge on Bangkok to shut down...
It looks like the Thai government is in for a rough ride. Protesters converge on Bangkok to shut down a state-run TV station and to oust current leaders from office. Let's see what these demonstrations are all about.
On Tuesday, thousands protested outside Bangkok's Government House and stormed the Thai state TV station, NBT.
The main force behind the demonstrations is the People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD), who is accusing Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej of being a proxy for Thailand's ex-prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who was toppled in a bloodless coup about two years ago.
[Kosit Sanguansak, Protester]:
"This government has no right to govern the country. Everyone here has a same thought as me, including the PAD, and that's why we have come out today."
A group of activists were able to push through police lines surrounding NBT's main headquarters, but the station is still broadcasting its signal using mobile units.
[Sompong Kanokpan, Protester]:
"I have come here to oust the government and also to shut down this TV station. This TV station has reported information that is not true."
One protester said that NBT TV did not have the people's best interests in mind.
[Booppa Tammarak, Protester]:
"This TV station is not a real voice of the people; rather, it is the voice of the government."
With the second anniversary of the September 19, 2006, coup against then Prime Minister Thaksin only three weeks away, the army said that it had no intentions of intervening to restore order.