Yingluck Shinawatra

Thai anti-government protesters say they won't target public transport

PUBLISHED : Friday, 03 January, 2014, 9:52pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 04 January, 2014, 12:13am

Thailand's anti-government protest movement reassured tourists yesterday that it would not target the kingdom's airports or public transport during a planned "shutdown" of Bangkok.

The demonstrators, who are seeking to oust Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and curb her billionaire family's political dominance, say they will occupy the Thai capital from January 13.

"Operation Occupy Bangkok does NOT involve airport closures or the disruption of any mass transport services," the protest movement said on its English-language Facebook page.

The demonstrators have vowed to set up protest stages around the capital, prevent government officials from going to work and to cut off power and water to government offices as well as to the residences of the prime minister and her cabinet.

The protesters also plan marches in Bangkok starting from tomorrow in the build-up to the occupation attempt.

Thai stocks and the baht currency have fallen sharply on concerns that the deepening crisis will scare off foreign tourists and international investment.

In 2008 opposition protesters occupied Bangkok's main airport, stranding tourists.

Eight people have been killed and about 400 wounded in street violence in recent weeks.