9 Apr 2010

Thai PM cancels summit trip

6:55 am on 9 April 2010

Prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva of Thailand has cancelled a trip to Vietnam for a regional summit as unrest continues in his country.

The BBC reports the domestic situation is now so delicate that he clearly feels it would not be wise to leave the country.

More mass anti-government protests are scheduled to take place in Bangkok on Friday, despite the declaration of a state of emergency in and around the capital.

It is the fourth state of emergency in the capital since 2008.

Thousands of protesters stormed the parliament building on Wednesday forcing MPs to flee.

Mr Abhisit said the action means the red-shirt demonstrations can no longer be considered peaceful.

The protests began on 14 March. The protesters want Mr Abhisit to resign and call elections, saying his government is illegitimate as it was brought to power with military support.

The BBC reports Thailand has lurched from one crisis to another since 2006 when the government of Thaksin Shinawatra was overthrown.