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Huge anti-government protest at Bangkok’s Democracy Monument

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Anti-government protesters congregated at the Democracy Monument in the heart of Bangkok late yesterday afternoon to demand the dissolution of the current Thai Parliament, demanding a new Constitution and the removal of PM Prayut Chan-o-cha and his government

The protest was organised by the Union of Students of Thailand and “Free YOUTH”, and was held in contravention of the emergency decree, restricting congregations of people to limit the spread of Covid-19. They accused the current government of restricting the free expression of the Thai people. They also threatened the government, if it doesn’t respond to the demands within 2 weeks, that they will turn on more protests.

The protesters rallied peacefully, after firstly forcing their way through lines of armed police to reach the Democracy Monument. It was the largest protest of its kind for at least 2 months. The sheer size of the turn out will surely draw a response from the government as it wrestles with economic recovery and had four of its leading economic advisors and ministry members resign last week.

Meanwhile, netizens were ‘rallying’ online using the hashtag #เยาวชนปลดแอก or Youth Liberation. More than 1 million tweets supported the removal of the PM and cabinet. The 3-finger salute, made popular in the ‘Hunger Games” movies, was on display throughout the event, also used frequently by Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, the leader of the now-defunct Future Forward political party.

Huge anti-government protest at Bangkok's Democracy Monument | News by Thaiger

Huge anti-government protest at Bangkok's Democracy Monument | News by Thaiger

Many of them, wearing black shirts, began streaming towards the Democracy Monument at about 4.30pm. They were carrying posters reading “Get Out Prayut” and “The Longer the Government Stays On, the More the Damage.”

According to Thai PBS, one of the protest leaders, and Thammasat University student activist, Prit Chivarak, accused the Government of “incompetence in administering the country and voiced his objection to the extension of the state of emergency”.

Chuthatip Sirikhan, president of the Union of Students of Thailand, challenged the protesters to turn the torch lights of their smart phones on and to aim them at the monument, as a symbolic gesture indicating that Thai democracy has been in darkness.

She said that the protesters would maintain the vigil at the monument “to prevent democracy from vanishing from the country.”

Police arrived at the scene and warned the protesters that they could face 2 years in prison as well as a fine of 40,000 baht for not observing social distancing. His warnings were ignored. Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Bureau attended the rally to command officers providing security there. He said that the rally had been staged without permission.

More than 1,000 people attended the protest. The video speaks for itself…

VIDEO: YouTube/StringerBase

 

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    john midolo

    Sunday, July 19, 2020 at 9:45 am

    over 1 million tweets to remove pm and his government what do the other 69 million think,the gov has done a wonderful job of controlling the spread of the virus and these fools protest it beats me what they use for brains

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      Terry Williams

      Sunday, July 19, 2020 at 9:59 am

      There are a lot of other issues than just the virus here mate, please read the news.

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    Robert

    Sunday, July 19, 2020 at 10:32 am

    First time that 1000 people is a huge crowd what about nearly 1 million people who marched against the amnesty bill maybe that is a huge crowd? Most protestors have very little understaning of what is an undemocratic government maybe theyshould look at Cambodia and the recent histories of Myanmar and Singapore and Malaysia where it was illegal under the sedition act to march with more than 5 people not long ago. Maybe they are to busy with Facebook and Twitter?

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    Robert Sisaket

    Sunday, July 19, 2020 at 10:49 am

    I think 1 million people that protested the Amnesty bill over a period of days is huge maybe not 1000 or a million tweets?

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    Toby Andrews

    Sunday, July 19, 2020 at 10:57 am

    “The government has done a wonderful job in controlling the spread of the virus” Mr Midolo?
    Yes only 58 deaths, how about doing a wonderful job of controlling deaths on the road. 450 a month!
    Should they ban road use. Should they impose curfews? should they prevent people from working and put them in line in the street to wait for charity food?
    Well why not if they are “saving” the citizens.
    The government have probably caused more deaths from suicide than the deaths from the virus.
    The death rate is something like, .o1 percent of those infected. and many do not become infected.
    This rally die not have permission, says a police chief. That says it all. They are a bunch of dictators determined to hang onto power by any means.

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    Wonderful Guy

    Sunday, July 19, 2020 at 12:29 pm

    As Billy C once said, and it’s always ultimately true… “It’s the economy, stupid!”.

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    Gosport

    Sunday, July 19, 2020 at 4:22 pm

    Wish protesters and police covid 19 free after it.

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    Nui de Bkk

    Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at 11:01 am

    They don’t really understand democracy. They are led by some loser politicians who wants to grab power into their hands. They use these young fellows to act against not only government but anti older generations, worst thing is these politicians try to divide the unity of the nation. If you look into Thailand we don’t really have issue of freedom or any bad situation here our only problem is the greedy politicians. Soldier, Monarchy are not problems at all we live happy lives rich or poor. In bad times we share we care. Politicians just wanted to destroy these institutions so that they have absolute power, one thing you have to understand once they have power they will drain all the country money into their pockets and the 2 institutions can stop them, this is something Thailand needs don’t use your standard here it is not the same Thai people have unique character and we are good the way we are. May be the other problem is some westerners try to make us look funny if we dont adopt democracy the way they do I just want to ask for RESPECT. If you live here and understand our culture you will know this was a happy country until democracy issue came in. Hrrrrrrr

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Sunday Covid UPDATE: 17 more deaths, 2,101 covid infections, provincial totals

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For Sunday, the numbers for new infections and Covid-related deaths from Bangkok and the Thai provinces over the past 24 hours were announced early this morning. There has been 17 deaths and 2,101 new cases announced by the CCSA.

Thailand has now reached 83,375 total cases since January 2020 and 399 deaths. Out of the 17 deaths, 8 were male and 9 female. One of them was a foreigner. The average age of the deaths was 68 years old.

Bangkok, again, is leading the way with new infections with 980 registered in the past 24 hours, mostly in 4 key clusters of low-income housing communities.

Here are all the provincial totals…

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• On the aviation front, the third wave of Covid-19 around the country is forecast to show a drop in air travel by 38% for this financial year, according to the Aeronautical Radio of Thailand.

They expect the air traffic in Thailand to remain subdued until at least September this year. Aerothai’s executive VP for operations, said the number of local flights had been stable for the first half of April but it plummeted dramatically in the second half.

Despite the current wave, the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand is still planning to relax restrictions for international flights to and from Thailand. The Government has re-iterated its commitment to reopen the country’s main tourist areas from July.

• Yesterday the CCSA said that Bangkok will need more beds for severely ill Covid-19 cases over the next couple of weeks, as the number of daily infections continue to rise.

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Thai woman admits to stealing lottery tickets from blind ticket seller in Bangkok

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A 57 year old Thai woman is admitting to stealing lottery tickets from a blind seller in Bangkok. The woman, Sumali Muangpluem, is now under arrest for allegedly stealing from the disabled seller in the underground Sutthisan Station train between November 25-27 of last year. Sutthisan police say they collected evidence of the same type of theft in many districts, leading them to issue an arrest warrant for Sumali.

Police say their investigations revealed that the suspect would approach blind lottery ticket sellers while holding several tickets in her left hand. She would then use the right hand to pretend she was choosing a ticket and pull all of the tickets off at once so that the lottery seller would only hear one ticket being pulled. She would then hand some tickets to the seller while she hid the rest so onlookers wouldn’t notice. She would then put the tickets in her bag while talking to the seller at the same time to keep her from noticing.

They say the suspect would then tell the seller she would be back to get the tickets and would leave money for the seller in the form of a deposit. One seller said he was keeping in regular touch with police as the same woman kept stealing lottery tickets from other blind sellers. He says he is afraid the suspect may hurt him because he filed a police report against her.

Police say Sumali has stolen about 450 tickets, valued at over 45,000 baht. They say she has stolen tickets at Victory Monument, Payathai, and Bang Na train stations in Bangkok.

SOURCE: Thai Residents

 

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Bangkok governor extends closure order due to high Covid-19 count

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Bangkok’s temporary closure order will be extended until May 17 to slow the spread of Covid-19. Since April, more than 16,000 coronavirus cases have been reported in the capital. Surrounding provinces Samut Sakhon, Samut Prakan, and Nonthaburi have also reported high numbers of cases.

The temporary closure order, signed by Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang, was initially set to be in effect from April 26 to May 9. On Friday, the governor signed an order extending the closure order until May 17 due to the spike in cases in the capital.

Schools, tutoring centres, and other educational institutes must remain closed. Entertainment venues, billiard halls, arcades, internet cafes, zoos, skating rinks, boxing stadiums, and fitness centres must remain closed. Convenience stores can stay open until 10pm. Shopping malls can stay open until 9pm.

Despite closure measures and disease control restrictions, cases in Bangkok have remained high with an uptick of infections reported in the crowded neighbourhoods, such as the Khlong Toey slum.

Bangkok has also been classified as a “deep red” zone by the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration. The deep red zone is under the highest control to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Under orders from the CCSA, restaurants in Bangkok cannot offer dine-in services. Only takeaway and delivery services are allowed until the Covid-19 situation improves.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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