September 27, 2008

Thailand: Supporters, Protesters Meet PM at Hometown Airport

Text of report in English by Thai newspaper The Nation website on 27 September

[Unattributed report from the "Headlines" page: "Supporters and protesters welcome PM at Surat Thani"]

Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat is greeted by supporters and protesters at Surat Thani Airport.

Anti-government supporters at Surat Thani airport yelled at Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat who is on his way to visit his hometown in Nakhon Si Thammarat.

"You are a traitor," a woman shouted as Somchai who is brother- in-law of fugitive former premier Thaksin Shinawatra, was talking to a group of pro-government supporters at the airport.

Somchai then was seen using a side exit to avoid meeting with a group of some 100 anti-government protesters who waited for him at the main exit. They also held signs condemning the premier and his government.

Security was tightened at the airport and along the roads from Surat to Nakhon Si Thammarat's Chawang district.

Somchai is scheduled to arrive at his home province at around noon before proceeding to visit Suan Khan temple. He is scheduled to go back to Surat Thani airport again to take a flight back to Bangkok at 6pm.

Originally published by The Nation website, Bangkok, in English 27 Sep 08.

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