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NSC extends Emergency Decree through September

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The National Security Council has officially approved the fourth extension of the national state of emergency, for another month, as a revision of the Communicable Diseases Act is yet to be completed, but the NSC confirmed it will not enforce the Emergency Decree on political rallies. NSC secretary-general Somsak Rungsita said today that the state of emergency will be effective until the end of September.

As to the student-led political rallies sweeping the nation, he said there is no problem if the protests nationwide are held in accordance with the law, confirming that the office will not enforce the decree on the rallies.

Regarding the new domestic Covid-19 case discovered at Bangkok’s Ramathibodi Hospital, he said the Public Health Ministry will explain the case.

“We will hold a meeting tomorrow to discuss measures that have been eased, such as a full school reopening, public transportation and permission to enter sports stadiums. We will also thoroughly investigate the new Covid-19 case.”

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    Toby Andrews

    August 20, 2020 at 11:36 am

    Another month of emergency decree, another month of holding on to the powers of a dictatorship.
    How many have died of the virus over the last month? None.
    How many have the virus? About 6 out a population of 60 millions. Yet still the tyrants hang onto oppressive powers ruining the economy,starving the citizens . . .

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      murika

      August 20, 2020 at 11:56 am

      soon thailand will be renamed south china, and payut will have a life long prime minister seat, after living here 12 years, i’m out of that circus, bye bye land of lies…

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      Andrew

      August 20, 2020 at 3:49 pm

      They say, foreigners on Visa Amnesty must leave the country by September 26. But another month of State of Emergency, borders closed, no flights (cancelled again) to where I need to go. Don’t want foreigners to come? Ok, but let us go, remove the padlock from the shut door.

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    Mike Frenchie

    August 21, 2020 at 4:56 am

    September 2035… 180 months of state of emergency, no COVID anywhere in the World since 2023 but you never know… lol… It may happen here!

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    Pedro

    August 23, 2020 at 3:34 pm

    The problem with Generals turning into civilian politicians is that in their heads, they remain Generals, not economists used to operating in a democracy. Their first answer to everything is ‘curfew and control of the population’, followed by control, control, control. So the State of Emergency suits them just fine as it gives them a chance to get rid of the democracy loving foreigners out of the country, get their tame Doctors in the NSC or wherever to insist the borders remain closed ‘to control Covid-19’, and make the population dependent upon them just to live. So sad to see a country I love being turned into another North Korea.

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Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

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Around 10 villagers hospitalised after chemical spill in Samut Prakan

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Around 10 people were hospitalised after a chemical tank spilled at a village in Samut Prakan, just southwest of Bangkok. Those near the spill reported feeling nauseous and some had trouble breathing. Officals do not known what chemical was in the tank.

The 1 metre tank had been taken to the woods by 2 employees at a Bangphli Niwet Village second hand shop who hoped they could take it apart and sell the scrap metal. The 2 employees fainted when the tank spilled. Trees and grass in a 100 metre radius of the chemical spill died.

The chemical let off a strong odor and Thai media says the fumes spread to the village. Those at the second hand shop, close by to the chemical spill, started to feel nauseous and some had trouble breathing. Some people reported skin rashes after the incident. Around 10 villagers, including children, were sent to hospital.

Thai media says police secured the area and sprayed water into the air. 500 metres around the tank has been sealed off and workers are cleaning the area to remove the chemical. Medics are doing health checks to make sure others are not experiencing symptoms from the fumes.

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Man arrested for fake immigration documents operation at Bangkok grocery store

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A Burmese man was arrested after he allegedly faked work permit documents and stamps, operating at a produce shop in Bangkok near the Myanmar Embassy. After a number of cases involving Burmese migrants with fake visa documents and bogus stamps, immigration officers investigated the grocery store, posing as customers.

Many customers entering the grocery store didn’t buy vegetables and were seen exchanging documents, according to Thai media. After going undercover and collecting evidence, immigration officials arrested the Burmese man, Thai media reports as Ong, and 2 women allegedly involved in the scheme. They searched the property and found a large number of Myanmar passports and various kinds of stamps.

Ong allegedly admitted to producing fake immigration stamps, work permit applications and other immigration documents. He charged around 2,000 to 3,000 baht for his services, police say. Ong, who has lived in Thailand for a while and can read Thai, allegedly told police he acquired legal work permits and the proper documents, becoming familiar with the stamps and documents needed by immigration. He allegedly told police he copied immigration stamps as well as stamps from hospitals used on medical certificates.

Thai media says immigration police are now expanding their investigation to crack down on other operations producing fake visa documents and stamps.

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Immigration police arrest 3 at Bangkok airport, 2 Thais allegedly had fake US visas

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Thai immigration police arrested 3 people at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport after immigration officials checked their biometrics system. Police arrested 2 Thai nationals who were attempting to leave the country with fake United States visas and another Thai woman who was allegedly involved in a romance scam gang.

The Thai man and woman were caught while going through an immigration check at the airport. They say they each paid 50,000 baht for the visas, hoping to travel to America. They sent their passports to the visa seller and had set up a meeting to pick them up. Thai media did not give details on who was selling the visas. Police called the United States Embassy, confirming the visas are fake and no visas from the United States have been issued under the 2 names.

Immigration police also arrested a Thai woman allegedly involved in money laundering and a romance scam gang, according to Thai media. Reports don’t go into detail about the woman’s charges, but say she was allegedly involved in international crime and had an Interpol red notice. Immigration officials confirmed her location by checking the airport’s biometrics system.

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