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Petrol sales and deliveries in Bangkok suspended

Fuel stopped; Broadcasters closed as government increases pressure on red shirts

BANGKOK: -- Fuel deliveries and community television and radio stations are the latest target of the Thai government in the lead-up to the mass rally by red-shirt protesters this weekend.

Early this morning government lawyers applied to the Thailand Supreme Court for an order closing all radio and television stations affiliated with the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD).

At the same time the Petroleum Authority of Thailand (PTT) announced on Thai Business Channel that it was suspending all fuel sales and deliveries to Bangkok and surrounding provinces commencing tomorrow.

A spokesman for the Peoples Television Channel said equipment was already being removed from the stations studio at Lardprao to an off-site location in preparation for this weekends rally and it was expected government officials and police will arrive at the studio with an order to cease broadcasting at around 1pm.

“We’ve informed red-shirt supporters of the plans of the government and they will be gathering here prior to 1pm in an attempt to stop the order being served and the removal of equipment”, he said.

Sean Boonpracong, international media spokesman for the UDD, said if the government attempted to close-down the community broadcasters the UDD had other plans in place that would allow its coverage of the rally to continue.

Meanwhile red-shirt supporters in provinces neighboring Bangkok have confirmed that fuel deliveries will be suspended as of this afternoon.

A red-shirt organizer in Ayutthaya confirmed by telephone that they have been advised there will be no fuel available for purchase starting tomorrow and people planning to attend the rally in Bangkok were now stockpiling fuel.

Earlier today an emergency meeting of the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) decided against shutting down all community radio and television stations and instead delegated the job of monitoring and closing the country-wide network of stations to the police.

However, Minister to the Prime Minister's Office, Sathit Wongnongtheoy, said rumors that the government is about to close down the red shirt affiliated PTV network are false and just a tactic aimed at inciting more people to join the weekend rally.

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it's really overreracting - the capital city of the not the smallest and poorest country paralised, bacause the government doesn't want to give a pinch of democracy to it's people.

somehow sounds false "Meanwhile red-shirt supporters in provinces neighboring Bangkok have confirmed that fuel deliveries will be suspended as of this afternoon.

A red-shirt organizer in Ayutthaya confirmed by telephone that they have been advised there will be no fuel available for purchase starting tomorrow and people planning to attend the rally in Bangkok were now stockpiling fuel"

what a journalist will ask potential protesters about the plans of the PTT and what protest organiser would admit, that people are stockpiling fuel, which can have the other uses on top of running an engine?

after rationing sugar (the last week), the government is putting another nail in it's coffin - not only northerners now have the reason to be upset about how the country is run.

about gagging all independent from the government media it's not worth to mention, because there was always control and censorship of media in thailand. All tv stations (bar one) are controlled by the army - a huge propaganda tool and a big source of revenue. Now police, without the court order, can walk in and close down anybody thinking differently, than the government line.

the next step, one can suspect, is cutting off international internet connections, so the news will be only from the government side

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Guess we'll see a lot of Arisiman's red shirts with empty bottles in their hands once in Bangkok. I certainly hope so.

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Hi.

Can i still get gas (95 petrol) in the evening today, around 9 pm? I can't get out of the office earlier and i'm half empty (my bike, that is).

Best regards.....

Thanh

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it's really overreracting - the capital city of the not the smallest and poorest country paralised, bacause the government doesn't want to give a pinch of democracy to it's people.

after rationing sugar (the last week), the government is putting another nail in it's coffin.

about gagging all independent from the government media not worth to mention, because there was always control and censorship of media in thailand. All tv stations (bar one) are controlled by the army - a huge propaganda tool and a big source of revenue

not only that but the latest so called "Million man marches" or "final showdowns" have had relative attendances of just a handful of people.

What makes this one different?

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Hi.

Can i still get gas (95 petrol) in the evening today, around 9 pm? I can't get out of the office earlier and i'm half empty (my bike, that is).

Best regards.....

Thanh

Read the report again. It say a "red shirt organiser" made this statement. do I need to say more !!!

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A red-shirt organizer in Ayutthaya confirmed by telephone that they have been advised there will be no fuel available for purchase starting tomorrow and people planning to attend the rally in Bangkok were now stockpiling fuel.

I sincerely hope they are not stocking them in glass bootles with a piece of cloth hanging out of the top.

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wow "Early this morning government lawyers applied to the Thailand Supreme Court for an order closing all radio and television stations affiliated with the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD). "

Supressing their voice?

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If fuel sales are restricted how do they expect the demonstrators to leave for the long drive home once they have finished their demonstration ?

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My mate's wife's just flew into Bangkok this morning (girls long weekend) originally they had booked to stay in Bangkok but changed their minds on arrival at the airport they just confirmed they are now in Chiang Mai and have taken over the presidential suite a one of the better hotels in CM. Fathers all at home taking care of the children.

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If fuel sales are restricted how do they expect the demonstrators to leave for the long drive home once they have finished their demonstration ?

They can walk!

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A red-shirt organizer in Ayutthaya confirmed by telephone that they have been advised there will be no fuel available for purchase starting tomorrow and people planning to attend the rally in Bangkok were now stockpiling fuel.

I sincerely hope they are not stocking them in glass bootles with a piece of cloth hanging out of the top.

which is probably why PTT are suspending sales, removing the temptation seems like quite a sensible move.

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Great idea. Now there will be ten guys in the back of a pickup with a 50 litre drum of petrol.

What could go wrong?

'nuff said

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Yes the government is over reacting, very likely make the situation from bad to worse.

What's next, closing down banks? :)

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Great idea. Now there will be ten guys in the back of a pickup with a 50 litre drum of petrol.

What could go wrong?

'nuff said

~

Quite a bit when you consider that the vast majority of pickups take diesel.

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