By The Nation
Electricity at NBT cut off, all broadcast programmes suspended
Protesters led by People's Alliance for Democracy managed to break police corridor to enter compound of the National Broadcasting Television on Vipavadi Rangsit Road on Tuesday.
Some 2,000 protesters pushed the entrance gate where police line tried to push back. Finally the protesters managed to push down the gate and entered the compound.
The electricity was cut off, resulting in all programmes to be suspended at 8.30am.
The group, comprising about 60 men, covered their faces with black pieces of cloths and dressed in black t-shirt and jeans.
Two NBT television hosts said in a news television programme at about 6.10am that police found a handgun and long knives from the group.
The group also broke a glass door in their way to go to the station's building. They separated into several groups and went into the station. NBT staffs were told to leave the office.
News anchorman Kitti punched by protesters
Kitti said he went to observe around the People's Alliance for Democracy's rally this morning because he had long good relationship with the PAD's leaders.
He did not think any bad thing would have happened to him. he was hit by a punch and poured water on.
However, when the protesters saw him, they booed at him before tried to hurt him.
Kitti said the protesters misunderstood that guards of People's Alliance for Democracy took him into their custody so many attacked him by pouring water on him and booing him
The protesters broke the fourth door of the office of Bureau of the Budget at the ministry and raid into the ministry.
It was the second government agencies seized by the protest after the protester had seized the NBT channel early Tuesday morning.
An announcer of NBT said protesters were still detaining several female officials of the station.
Broadcast from a special mobile broadcast unit, Tuangporn Assawawilai called on PAD leaders to secure release of the female officials from the station urgently.
At 11.15 am, protesters led by the People's Alliance for Democracy have broken passed the headquarters gate of Metropolitan Police Bureau on Sri Ayutthaya Road.
Metropolitan Police commissioner Lt General Asawin Kwanmuang is trying to negotiate with protesters to back out of the police commound and not raid the headquarters building.
This is a fascist movement. Of course, because this is Thailand and an Asian country on the periphery of world affairs, nobody will care.
But this is what fascism looks like in the 21st century.