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Bangkok Indoor next week...possibly cancelled

El Legenda
09-19-2006, 04:53 PM
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/asiapcf/09/19/thailand.coup.rumor/

BANGKOK, Thailand (CNN) -- Members of the Thai military are attempting to seize power but Thailand's leadership expects everything to return to normal soon, Deputy Prime Minister Surakiart Sathirathai tells CNN.

Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra -- currently at the U.N. headquarters in New York -- went on a government-owned TV station and declared a state of emergency, The Associated Press reported.

The government has maintained control of the capital and the surrounding areas, according a statement on Thailand's state-controled Army television. The statement asked for residents to remain calm and await further announcements.

Around the royal palace in Bangkok, four tanks were parked as were a number of armored vehicles and Humvees, CNN's Dan Rivers reported. Soldiers appeared to be setting up roadblocks and what appeared to be members of the royal guard surrounded the palace.

It was unclear if the soldiers were loyal to the government or to those attempting to seize power. There have been no reports of violence in Bangkok.

According to officials at the Thai mission at the United Nations, Thaksin has moved up his speech to the General Assembly to Tuesday night and will return to Bangkok after his address.

He had been scheduled to address the assembly on Wednesday.

Thailand operates as a constitutional monarchy, with the king as head of state and the prime minister leading the government. The country is an ally of the U.S. and contributed troops to the U.S.-led military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Thaksin has been under considerable pressure to step down.

Elections in Thailand are scheduled for November after the country's constitutional court ruled April's vote was unconstitutional.

Thaksin had called for the elections in April, three years early, after opponents accused the billionaire leader of abusing the country's system of checks and balances and bending government policy to benefit his family's business.

Hendu
09-19-2006, 05:03 PM
It seems Bangkok Indoor is the least important thing right now. I hope whatever happens there, is for the better.

El Legenda
09-19-2006, 06:01 PM
its not looking good...im sure the ATP is not willing to spend the players if this goes on.

Godiva
09-19-2006, 07:42 PM
Well seems like that's it for this tournament.

Thailand's military ousts prime minister
AP - 34 minutes ago

BANGKOK, Thailand - Thailand's army commander ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra in a military coup Tuesday night while he was in New York, circling his offices with tanks, declaring martial law and revoking the constitution. A military spokesman said army Commander-in-Chief Gen. Sondhi Boonyaratkalin would be acting prime minister.

Jimnik
09-19-2006, 07:51 PM
It doesn't sound too bad. There hasn't been any violence has there?

There's no Davis Cup in Thailand is there?

MurrayFan1
09-19-2006, 07:54 PM
It's a shame as Murray was meant to play there, but if there's violence happening there, they're right to put it off. UEFA said that football games shouldn't be played in Israel at the timings of the violence, this shouldn't be any different.

moulux
09-20-2006, 08:27 PM
there are no violence there, but we'll never know

dkw
09-20-2006, 08:36 PM
Safin should be happy... he gets a whole other week to do whatever it is he does instead of playing tennis.

El Legenda
09-20-2006, 08:47 PM
Ljubicic is going to Bangkok on Friday...he also said everyone should be fine

Horatio Caine
09-20-2006, 09:13 PM
Ivan...the voice of reason :spit:

ABandt
09-20-2006, 09:34 PM
The tournament is going on as scheduled. (C&P'd from the Baghdatis section)

September 20th, 2006 - Immediate Release : STATEMENT FROM THE ORGANIZING COMMITTEE OF THE ATP THAILAND OPEN BANGKOK THAILAND

Recent events in Thailand over the past 24 hours have raised questions about the ATP Thailand Open, due to commence September 23, 2006.

We would like to announce that the Thailand Open will go ahead as scheduled. As proclaimed by the military itself, the coup which took place on the night of Tuesday September 19 is a temporary measure in the lead-up to government elections in an effort to restore democracy.

The military has stressed that it is only an interim administration set up to ensure free and fair elections in November.

The Thailand Open organizing committee assures players, officials and visitors that Thailand remains a safe and peaceful country, and we warmly welcome you.

We will continue to keep you informed of any developments, and we look forward to seeing you at the event.

BRIAN L. MARCAR
Vice-Chairman
ATP Thailand Open Organizing Committee

~Amy

Tommy_Vercetti
09-20-2006, 10:22 PM
All they should worry about is the appearance fee check's bouncing.