Thailand Evacuates Leaders from Asian Summit After Protests 

April 11 [Sat], 2009, 14:52
Thailand Evacuates Leaders from Asian Summit After Protests
By VOA New

Thailand evacuated leaders from an Asian summit Saturday after anti-government protesters stormed the venue in Pattaya.

Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has now lifted a state of emergency in the seaside resort after helicopters airlifted Asian leaders from the city.

Hundreds of red-shirted demonstrators, demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Abhisit, breached police lines and broke through glass doors to enter the hotel where the ASEAN summit was to take place.

Mr. Abhisit called the protesters "enemies" of Thailand.

The protesters, who support former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, consider the current government illegitimate and want new elections.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who had been scheduled to attend the meeting, said in a statement he regretted the postponement of the summit but hoped for a return to normalcy through dialogue.

The annual summit was to bring together leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations with the leaders of Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand and South Korea.

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's plane was two hours from landing at Pattaya when he received word of the protests. His plane was diverted to an undisclosed location for refueling and then returned to Canberra.

○ eacuate : 危険な場所から避難する
○ potests : 抗議行動
○ storm : 突入する
○ venue : 開催地
○ state of emergency : 緊急事態
○ lift : 解除する
○ airlifted : (ヘリコプターで)運ぶ
○ demand : 要求する
○ resignation : 退陣
○ breach : 〔城壁などを〕破る、破壊する
○ police line : 警察の警戒線
○ break through : 突き破る
○ enemies : 敵
○ former : 前の
○ consider : みなす
○ current : 現在の
○ illegitimate : 違法の
○ elections : 選挙
○ in a statement : 声明で
○ regret : 残念に思う(後悔する)
○ postponement : 延期
○ normalcy : n 正常
○ through dialogue : 対話を通じて
○ annual : 毎年の
○ Association : つながり
○ land : 着地する
○ divert : 迂回する
○ undisclosed : 未公表
○ refuel : 燃料補給する

※Abhisit Vejjajiva。。。Thailand Prime Minister
※Thaksin Shinawatra。。。Thailand former prime minister
※U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon。。。国連事務総長パン・ギムン
※Kevin Rudd's。。。Australian Prime Minister
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