TUE NOV 25 2008 — As of November 30, 2008, more than 100,000 travellers — both Thai and foreign — have had flights cancelled since the occupation of Suvarnabhumi Airport on Tuesday. People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) members armed with clubs, iron bars and knives, some wearing black balaclavas, entered the terminal, affecting tens of thousands of travelers. Armed PAD protesters also forced their way into the control tower, demanding the flight plan for Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat’s return from the APEC summit in Peru.
Three explosions at 4:30 AM November 26 outside the Suvarnbumi passenger terminal, and a fourth explosion was reported at 6 AM. Several people were injured.
Reports that PAD is paying people to serve as human shields, paying extra for parents bringing babies and children.
On the night of November 26 2008, Don Mueang Airport was seized by the People’s Alliance for Democracy. A bomb exploded near the main entrance just before 4:00 a.m. on November 30, 2008. Gunshots also heard at the airport. No injuries reported.
Armed PAD forces known as “Srivichai Warriors” also seized a government television broadcaster as well as several government ministries.