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Government to charter flights to bring Hongkongers home from Bangkok

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 04 December, 2013, 2:29pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 04 December, 2013, 2:31pm

The government will charter flights to send Hongkongers in Bangkok back to the city when necessary, Secretary for Security Lai Tung-kwok told lawmakers on Wednesday.

Lai also said in the Legislative Council meeting that the government has been in close contact with the Chinese embassy in Bangkok to keep itself up-to-date on the latest situation there.

“As of this morning, there are a total of 23 tour groups involving 461 Hongkongers in Bangkok, Pattaya and Hua Hin,” he said.

Lawmakers including the Federation of Trade Unions’ Wong Kwok-hing were concerned as to why the government had not raised the travel threat level to black, the highest warning.

It was raised from the lowest yellow to the (middle) red on Monday.

Lai said the government has taken into account a number of factors, including how different places have reacted to the situation in Bangkok.

So far, Hong Kong and Taiwan are the only two places to have issued warnings above the normal level, he said.

Earlier this month, Hong Kong travel agencies began cancelling package tours to Bangkok because after anti-government protesters clashed with police on the capital’s streets.

Protesters opposing Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra had besieged various government buildings, including Government House, the complex that houses her offices.

On Tuesday, Thailand's government ordered police to stop confronting protesters demanding the resignation of the prime minister, raising hope that days of political violence may end, but the campaign's leader said the fight would go on.

The protests were the latest eruption of conflict between the Bangkok-based establishment and forces loyal to Yingluck and her brother, former premier Thaksin Shinawatra.

Five people have been killed since the weekend and scores hurt. A heavy-handed crackdown would have raised questions about the government's survival and the possibility of the military stepping in.


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OldPeak Toad
Remember last time when there was a real crisis in Thailand, and Hong Kong sent airplanes - too late, and in a bungled attempt - and nobody showed up, and the planes came home empty!
Whèn I think of the tax that I paid every year, it makes me boil to see things like this!
Why, there are sufficient number of flights every day between Bangkok and Hong Kong. This is an absolute waste of my tax dollars. There is no crisis in Bangkok. If there really was then you'd have to thing about arranging for convoys of buses to take people to the airport. So, the HK government is willing to spend money on charter flights but HK tourists still have to make it to the airport on their own...I just don't see the emergency here nor logic.
What is our government doing about the HK tourists in the Ukraine (100,000s demonstrators), is the government running daily rescue flights from there?
You are correct.Why should the HK govt. waste tax payers' money to sent charter flights.These stubborn tourists from HK when interviewd on TV did not want to cancel the trips. They are prepared to endanger themselves and their families.Make them or the travel agencies pay for the extended stay in the hotels until they are safe enough to be transported to the airport.


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