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LA’s Thai Town hit by protesters and rioters

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PHOTO: Sue Kiattisak Khamphanthong

Thai Town businesses in Los Angeles were raided yesterday as rioters and looters across the US hit the streets, enraged over police brutality after a white police officer killed George Floyd, an African American, by pinning him to the ground, with his knee on Mr. Floyd’s neck, restricting his breathing. Protesters in Minneapolis, where the officer patrolled, set the police station on fire, sparking riots across America.

SiamTown US, a Thai newspaper in Los Angeles, say looters broke into a Thai restaurant by busting in walls through the pharmacy next door. A jewellery store in Thai Town was broken into around midnight. SiamTown US posted video surveillance footage on their Facebook page.

“Police caught the bad guy, but everything is damaged,” Sue Kiattisak Khamphanthong, the restaurant owner, said in a video posted on her Facebook page. Her video shows multiple holes in the walls where people broke in. Shelves, products and pots in her kitchen were knocked to the ground.

The unrest in Los Angeles has led the National Guard to monitor city hall, the Los Angeles Times reports. Nearly a dozen people were arrested for attempting to loot a mall in the area yesterday and a popular L.A. street was hit hard by looters, with glass shattered all over the sidewalks.

SOURCES: Khaosod | Los Angeles Times

ขโมยชัด ๆ แล้วมีหน้ามาบอกว่าต้องการความยุติธรรม. มาหาความ ยุติธรรมในครัวกูนี่น่ะ

Posted by Sue Kiattisak on Sunday, 31 May 2020

เตือนภัยธุรกิจไทยในอเมริกา!! อย่าทิ้งสิ่งของมีค่าไว้ในร้าน https://youtu.be/c6EC7XOwS7Uคลิปจากกล้องวงจรปิดเมื่อเทื่ยงคืนครึ่งเมื่อคืนนี้ โชว์ภาพกลุ่มวัยรุ่นประมาณ 5 คนเดินสำรวจร้านค้าในพลาซ่าถนนซันเซ็ท ไทยทาวน์ แคลิฟอร์เนีย อาศัยช่วงเคอร์ฟิวไม่มีคน ก่อนทุบร้านเครื่องประดับและนาฬิกาเสียหาย

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    joshua goldsmith

    Monday, June 1, 2020 at 2:34 pm

    I have eaten many times in Thai Town the largest community of Thai’s in the world outside of Thailand. It runs on Hollywood Blvd. Before you cross over the 110 freeway into Korea Town. !0km away they have Wat Thai. This craziness is pure madness.

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    me

    Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at 12:06 pm

    the crispy pork w/holy basil at PRA ORD NOODLE is still the best i’ve ever had, anywhere.

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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Cambodian dog slaughterhouse shut down, owner says he is “ashamed”

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After increasing calls to end the dog meat trade, a Cambodian slaughterhouse is shutting down, with its owner saying he is “ashamed.” Ouk Mol, the owner, says the dog slaughterhouse has killed more than a million dogs since opening in 1995.

According to Four Paws animal rights group, Cambodia slaughters between 2 to 3 million dogs per year, while offering the cheap meal of protein at more than 100 dog meat restaurants in Phnom Penh, its capital.

Mol’s slaughterhouse is responsible for all the supply to Phnom Penh, but he says he will no longer be killing dogs, citing increasing pressure from animal rights groups and civilians alike. The 50 year old former soldier says he feels ashamed.

“But I want to quit the business because I am getting old and a lot of people have criticised me about the dog meat trade.”

The operator was offered financial support from Four Paws to open a grocery store if they shut down their slaughterhouse with Ouk Mol’s wife, Sao Phally, saying she is glad they have found a way out of the business.

“We were always worried about sin because of our killing. People looked at us in a bad way.”

The slaughterhouse, which uses vats to drown the dogs, and blowtorches to remove their fur, slaughtered up to 200 dogs per day. Now, as of yesterday, the company has shut down, with the remainder of dogs being sent to animal charities for rehabilitation and placed for international adoption.

Phnom Penh is the 2nd city in Cambodia to follow increasing calls to close the dog meat trade, as Siem Reap banned the trade last year in a victory for animal rights groups. Until 2020, Siem Reap, Cambodia’s largest tourist city, was known by rights groups as the “lynchpin” of the trade.

Despite Cambodia’s efforts to begin closing down its dog meat trade, it is not the only Asian country that features dog meat as a cuisine. Consuming dog meat in Vietnam is more popular than in Cambodia, which shows the industry has a long way to go with regards to respecting animal rights.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

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Pattaya police raid nightclub suspected of presenting pornographic shows

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Pattaya City Police inspected a nightclub after reports that the venue was hosting pornographic shows on the weekends. Although the nightclub, Dragon Man Club, wasn’t presenting a sexually explicit show when officers came by, the owner was arrested for operating an entertainment business and selling alcohol without the proper permit.

Police say a tip was made through social media from an anonymous source. Officers asked the nightclub owner for the venue’s license, but the owner did not have the document at the time. Police arrested the owner. The nightclub owner was not named in reports.

SOURCE: Pattaya News

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Bangkok Military Court issues arrest warrant for medic accused of injecting troops with fake Covid-19 vaccine

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The Bangkok Military Court has issued an arrest warrant for a Royal Thai Army medic who is accused of injecting troops with a fake Covid-19 vaccine. He reportedly made more than 100,000 baht by charging troops, who were on a United Nations mission, 500 baht each for a tetanus vaccine and a fake Covid-19 vaccine, which an internal army investigation determined was just saline solution.

The Thai Army held a press conference after the medic’s fake vaccine scam made headlines, saying the incident had tarnished the army’s image. The field medic, who was also a lieutenant, injected more than 250 Thai troops stationed in South Sudan on a UN peacekeeping mission with the fake vaccine, claiming it was the head doctor’s order, Army Army spokesperson Santipong Thammapiya confirmed. He says the medic was in the Thai-South Sudan Horizontal Military Engineering Company.

“This incident affects the image of the Thai Armed Forces and Thailand in the United Nations mission. It is a serious disciplinary offence and also violates ethical standards as the wrongdoer is a doctor.”

The medic injected troops with a legitimate vaccine for tetanus as well as a saline solution shot he claimed was a Covid-19 vaccine. He charged 500 baht for the vaccine package, adding up to more than 100,000 baht, according to a UN investigation.

The medic had been sent back to Thailand. The Bangkok Military Court has now issued a warrant for his arrest. Previous reports said the medic’s license was revoked, but a recent report by Nation Thailand says the Medical Council is considering whether to revoke his doctor’s license.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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