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PostSubject: Thailand: 'Unlucky' demon statues moved   Wed Nov 11, 2009 11:26 am

Thailand: 'Unlucky' demon statues moved

BANGKOK- THAILAND'S main airport is to relocate 12 giant 'demon statues' to boost the morale of staff who thought the figures brought bad luck, local media and officials said on Tuesday.

The statues at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi airport will move from the arrivals area to the check-in zone at a cost of around 1.7 million baht (S$70,799), said Airports of Thailand (AOT) president Serirat Prasutanond.

'AOT has decided to move the statues to the check-in concourse to give passengers and other people a chance to appreciate the statues' beauty,' he said in a statement.

But according to the English-language Bangkok Post newspaper, airport director Niran Thiranartsin admitted the decision had partly resulted from complaints from airport staff.

'The shopkeepers are blaming the 'demon statues' for the problems they have faced at the airport, which was seized late last year by demonstrators and supporters of the People's Alliance of Democracy' (PAD), the paper said.

'The guardian spirit statues will be shifted from the inner zone of the passenger terminal to the check-in area to 'improve morale' of people working at the airport,' the report added. -- AFP

Source: http://www.straitstimes.com/Breaking...ry_452470.html

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