Protests did not affect us

Protests did not affect us

The three-day holiday in Bangkok for Singaporean Leonard Koh, 27, and his wife, went almost smoothly.

Except on Wednesday evening when they saw about 100 protesters marching on the road outside their hotel in Thailand's capital city.

Mr Koh, a logistics officer, told The New Paper on Thursday: "Some roads were closed. So our taxi driver had to make a few detours." That was about the only problem he faced during his time there.

The protests began after embattled Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's ruling Puea Thai Party tried last month to pass an amnesty bill that would have absolved political offences stretching back to a 2006 military coup, effectively clearing her brother Thaksin of a 2008 graft conviction and allowing him to return from self-imposed exile.

On Monday, Mr Koh and his wife were outside the Siam Paragon Shopping centre where more than 1,000 protesters had gathered.


Mr Koh started a conversation with a protester who said their main targets were the finance ministry and the parliament area.

Said the protester: "If things get worse and the police act, we will go to the airport."

He was probably speaking on his own because protest leaders made no mention of plans to take over the international airport.

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