Page last updated at 13:51 GMT, Tuesday, 2 September 2008 14:51 UK

Derry woman's Thai travel trouble

Anti-government protesters in Bangkok. Photo: 2 September 2008
Anti-government protesters have occupied the government's building

A woman from Londonderry who lives in Thailand has said she fears she won't be able to travel back to the country because of the ongoing unrest.

Thailand's Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej has declared a state of emergency in Bangkok, to end a revolt by the People's Alliance for Democracy.

Leslie Chittayanon said she hoped to fly from Derry to Thailand next week.

"I am quite concerned, especially because I am travelling with my three-year-old son," she said.

"But my husband, who is Thai, is quite positive about it - he's hoping something will change.

"Tomorrow morning they're threatening to cut off the water and electricity and the buses in Bangkok, and to cancel the Thai airways flights."

City unrest

One man has died and dozens more people have been injured in Bangkok.

Leslie said most people feel the prime minister must resign.

"I just wish that he would step down really, as do most people,

"He doesn't show any signs of doing it but now with the present situation I don't know if he has much choice.

"This is a very complex country.

"Sometimes you feel like the more you know the less you really understand.

"It is a worrying situation," she said.




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