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HM The King pardons thousands of prisoners

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Six former leaders of a political group which was active over a decade ago, the People’s Democratic Alliance (PAD), are among thousands of inmates pardoned by His Majesty the King on the occasion of the Coronation Ceremony which started today and continues through the weekend and Monday. The pardons were announced in the Royal Gazette today.

It said that HM King Maha Vajiralongkorn deemed the Coronation ceremony to be an auspicious occasion on which to pardon prisoners in order to give them a chance to become good citizens and to perform good deeds for the country.

The six former PAD leaders to be pardoned are:

  • Maj-Gen Chamlong Srimuang, 83
  • Sonthi Limthongkul, 70
  • Phipob Thongchai, 72
  • Somkiart Pongpaibul, 68
  • Somsak Kosaisook, 72
  • Suriyasai Katasila, 45

All six of them were sentenced to eight months jail by the Supreme Court on April 13 for their roles in the seizure of the Government House during anti-government protests in 2008.

With the exception of Sonthi, who is also serving time for other offences, the remaining five ex-PAD leaders are expected to be released from prison imminently.

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New commemorative bank notes spark worries of a mix-up

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100 baht bank notes commemorating the Royal Coronation Ceremony of 2019, have reportedly raised concerns of people mistaking them for the usual 1,000 baht bank notes, due to their similar colours. The new bank notes, sport a slightly more gold hue, instead of the regular red/brown colour used for 100 baht notes, and feature a vertical orientation.

The notes, issued by the Bank of Thailand, depict His Majesty the King on the front, while the back shows images of the coronation ceremony. The set includes both 100 and 1,000 baht denominations with the smaller notes being able to be withdrawn from select ATM machines nationwide. The 1,000 baht notes can be exchanged at all commercial banks in addition to the 100 baht notes.

Previously, the bank notes featured the much-revered and one of the longest-reigning Kings in world history, King Bhumibol Adulyadej. King Bhumibol died at 88 years old in 2016, which set off a year-long mourning in the kingdom.

Now, bank notes have been converted to depict the new king, King Maha Vajiralongkorn, who was the only successor to the throne after the beloved Bhumibol passed away.

More recently, anti-government protests have taken place in Bangkok and nationwide, demanding a rewrite of the country’s constitution, and for the PM, who is closely linked with the monarchy, to step down.

So far, PM Prayut has declared that there won’t be another coup, but the political situation has been rocky as protesters have stepped it up, with some refusing to follow Thailand’s draconian lese majeste laws, which prohibit anyone from criticising the royal family.

 

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SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Chao Phraya welcomes the Royal Barge Procession in perfect Bangkok weather

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Perfect weather greeted the royal barge procession for HM King Maha Vajiralongkorn for the celebration of his coronation yesterday. Thousands gathered along the shores in sic specially constructed grandstands to view the rare spectacle of the Royal Barges, crewed by Thais in full regalia, plying the waters of the Chao Phraya. Millions more watched the live coverage.

HM the King, accompanied by HM the Queen, started the procession at Wasukri pier at 4pm. They disembarked at Ratchaworadit pier and proceeded to the Grand Palace. The procession of barges was about 1.2 kilometres long, and 100 metres wide as it made its way down the river.

HM the King then rode in the royal palanquin in the small royal land procession on Maha Rat Road. The procession travelled to the Grand Palace through Vises Jayasri Gate. Meanwhile, Her Majesty Queen Suthida also participated in the land procession participating in the King’s Guard. After arriving at the Grand Palace, His Majesty changed his royal attire and robe and then returned to Amphorn Sathan Residential Hall by car.

King Maha Vajiralongkorn Phra Vajiraklaochaoyuhua, Her Majesty Queen Suthida Bajrasudhabimalalakshana, and His Royal Highness Prince Dipangkorn Rasmijoti were travelling on the royal barge Suphannahong, considered the most gracious and beautiful barge in the collection.

Suphannahong was crewed by 50 oarsmen with two steersmen, two officers, one standard bearer, one signalman, seven Royal Chatra bearers and one lead ‘chanter’ to sing the traditional boat song with the oarsmen chanting in unison.

Her Royal Highness Princess Bajrakitiyabha Narendiradebyavati and Her Royal Highness Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana Rajakanya were onboard the royal barge Anekkachatphutchong.

The royal officials invited Phra Buddha Patima Chaiwat, a Buddha image from the reign of King Rama IX, to be enshrined in the middle of the barge, a tiered roofed shrine on the royal barge Anantanakkharat.

The royal barge procession departed Wasukri Pier to Ratchaworadit Pier where the land procession to be held.

SOURCE: The Nation

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