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Thai PM appeals for calm after blasts

Friday, August 12, 2016 - 01:28

A series of blasts hit three of the most popular tourist resorts in southern Thailand, killing four people and wounding dozens, days after the country voted to accept a military-backed constitution. Diane Hodges reports.

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Thailand is reeling after a series of bomb blasts ripped across the southern part of the country. The attacks killed four people and wounded dozens of others. Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha appealed for calm. (SOUNDBITE) (Thai) THAI PRIME MINISTER, PRAYUTH CHAN-OCHA, SAYING: "I would like to urge all Thais and the media not to panic. The government will investigate this and we will bring whoever is responsible to court." Among the towns hit were three of the country's most popular resorts. and come as Thailand is celebrating one of its biggest holidays - Queen Sirikit's birthday. Tim Kelleher from Ireland says the blast has turned Hua Hin into a ghost town. (SOUNDBITE) (ENGLISH) IRISH TOURIST TIM KELLEHER, SAYING: "This whole street should be packed with tourists, shops. It's dead, it's killed it." The attacks come after months of unrest leading up to the August 7th referendum on a new constitution. Many were hoping the vote would lead to a period of peace, but businesswoman Thanaporn Nattanan says those hopes have been dashed. (SOUNDBITE) (Thai) SHOP OWNER THANAPORN NATTANAN, SAYING: "Who will want to come here now? The economy was about to get better, but now it will go down again. This is bad." Hua Hin is home to the Klai Kangwon royal palace. The name translates as "Far from Worries" but the bombing attacks have made it clear that Thailand's worries are far from over.

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Thai PM appeals for calm after blasts

Friday, August 12, 2016 - 01:28