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Thai Protests Prevent Asian Summit

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/04/11/AR2009041100309.html?hpid=topnews
PATTAYA, Thailand, April 11 — Anti-government demonstrators forced the cancellation of a summit of Asian leaders Saturday when they invaded the meeting site in this Thai resort town. The Thai government used helicopters to evacuate the foreign leaders, who were in a nearby hotel, and declared a state of emergency after hundreds of red-shirted protesters broke through lines of police and military guards and smashed through doors to reach the heart of the conference center. The summit was supposed to bring together the leaders of the 10 member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, known as ASEAN, and Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand and South Korea. The agenda was dominated by the international financial crisis, but leaders had also planned to sign an ASEAN-China agreement on investment, and China, Japan and South Korea were scheduled to discuss North Korea’s recent missile test. The annual meeting is almost the only time that Asian leaders gather without U.S. and European leaders.
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April 12, 2009 - Posted by | Liberty 2.0

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