Pattaya, Apr 11: The Prime Minister of Thailand, Abhisit Vejjajiva has declared a state of emergency in the Pattaya area on Saturday, Apr 11 following the protests at the venue for the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN).
This decision was taken to ensure the safety if 16 Asian leaders and delegates at the ASEAN summit. Officials cancelled the summit after anti-government protesters broke into the summit venue at Pattaya.
The summit was to see the meeting of 10 ASEAN members along with the six dialog partners including China, Japan and India. Now that the summit has been called off, the summit will be held again in about two months time.
The protesters broke into the summit as they wanted to voice their demands that Abhisit resign and dissolve parliament. They were allegedly the supporters of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. Thaksin is now considered a fugitive after he fled the country in order to escape prosecution.