Thai Protesters Spoil Asian Summit

The BBC is reporting that a summit of the Association of South-East Asian Nations (Asean) at the Thai resort of Pattaya has been cancelled after thousands of protesters stormed the convention hall, demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva. The Guardian reports "The protesters smashed through the glass doors of the convention hall and ran through the building, overturning tables, blowing horns, waving Thai flags and screaming: 'Abhisit get out.'" The protesters support former prime minister Thaksin Shinawarta, who was deposed by coup in 2006. Nine of the Asean leaders had to be airlifted to a secure military base. Vejjajiva has declared an “extreme state of emergency.”