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Thailand Protesters Shut Down Airport and Tourist Economy

Thailand's opposition is set to form a new government, after protesters help wrestle power from the prime minister. Thai courts banished PM Somchai Wongsawat from politics thanks to electoral fraud. Shutting down Bangkok's airport proved to be the most successful protest tactic, but it also left 300,000 foreign travelers stranded.

The timing of the airport blockade couldn't have been worse, as it came during the holiday season. Tourism makes up 12 percent of the Thailand's GDP. Since the country just started to recover from the tourism slump following 2004 tsunami, it would be a shame if the latest blow leaves long-term economic damage, too. Check out these pics of Thailand's empty, but beautiful, resorts.


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janneth janneth 8 years
Getting stranded at an airport is a great inconvenience.
bleached bleached 8 years
I love Thailand and now is probably the best time to go. Prices in resorts are probably dirt cheap.
StolzeMama StolzeMama 8 years
I understand the tactic, but probably not the greatest idea in the current global economy.
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