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Thai government in control of situation: Deputy PM

Thai government in control of situation: Deputy PM

Bangkok: The Thai government is able to control the present situation and a string of measures would be rolled out to ensure tourist safety and normal flight operations, Deputy Prime Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul said Tuesday.

Protestors, who were demanding that no elections be held until major political reforms are implemented, launched the Bangkok shutdown operations Monday to force the caretaker government to step down. The protestors besieged the customs department, commerce ministry and labour ministry Tuesday morning, Xinhua reported.

The shutdown continued for the second day.

The anti-government network of students and people for reform of Thailand earlier threatened to seize the Aeronautical Radio of Thailand (Aerothai) unless Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra steps down by Wednesday.

If the Aerothai gets disrupted, all flights that take off and land in Thailand or fly over the Thai territory will be affected, Surapong said, adding the government will do its best to prevent such disruption.

The shutdown in the capital has not prevented the proper functioning of these ministries, Surapong said and added their hotlines will be available for consultation.

The tourism and sports ministries have set up a service centre to help tourists with commuting, and utmost efforts would be made to protect the tourists visiting the capital, Surapong added.

He said no reports have been received about any tourist being injured during the protest.

Since November, protestors have been taking to the streets and occupying government offices, calling for the government of Yingluck to resign.


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