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School pupils show solidarity with anti-government protests – VIDEO

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At high schools across Thailand, pupils have used the daily flag-raising ceremony to show their solidarity with anti-government activists. A report in Khaosod English says pupils in at least 10 schools wore white ribbons and held up three fingers, in what is widely recognised as an anti-military gesture. The students’ actions have been captured in photos and video, which have been shared on social media.

A number of pupils complained about being intimidated by their teachers, while some say they were assaulted for taking part in the activism. Chatchawan Apirakmunkong, from the now disbanded Future Forward Party, claims pupils at one school in the north-eastern province of Khon Kaen, had their white ribbons seized by police. The students had the ribbons tied to their school bags to show their support for pro-democracy activists.

“Police officers were present at the school and confiscated white bows from students. I disagree with the police’s action and demand officers stop infringing on the students’ rights under democracy.”

However, local police chief, Kajornrit Wongraj, says the accusation is untrue, adding that his officers were merely there to keep order and took nothing from the students.

“We were there after we learned about the posts online calling for a protest. We didn’t touch the students at all. Only a few students participated in the event.”

At another school, in the northern province of Nakhon Sawan, video footage shows one teacher shouting at pupils for disrespecting the school, telling them to delete a clip that shows them flashing the three-finger gesture. The same teacher is also accused of hitting one pupil across the head and is understood to have since apologised to the student’s family.

SOURCE: Khaosod English

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    Toby Andrews

    August 18, 2020 at 11:24 am

    Good but it is not enough. They need to do more to drag the government tyrants away from Thailand’s money trough.
    Strikes! Blocking roads. Occupying government buildings.
    It is the only way. This government will not allow a free and fair election.
    They will be repeating Virus! Its the virus, we can’t because of the virus, yet there are no deaths, very few cases . . .
    The government will have to be driven away from their places at the money trough with bamboo poles.

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    Keith Fitzgerald

    August 18, 2020 at 1:05 pm

    You describe yourself as a “seasoned writer,” which is a lame form of self-flattery.
    So, let me ask:
    A pupil is a student. What, then, is a “school pupil”?
    Are you aware of redundancy?
    Would you write that Simon Biles is a “sports athlete”?

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      rinky stingpiece

      August 18, 2020 at 1:39 pm

      If they’re not British they may not be used to words like pupil. Americans think that “oftentimes” is a word FFS!

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    Keith Fitzgerald

    August 18, 2020 at 1:09 pm

    A pupil is a student.
    What is a “school pupil”? Is that like writing that Simone Biles is a “sports athlete”?
    You describe yourself as a “seasoned writer.” What exactly does that mean?

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    August 18, 2020 at 5:37 pm

    Poor students dragged into a mire. Study is the main focus at student age. Knowledge is what you can bragg about in future, not being a minion of three fingers masquerade.

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    Keith Fitzgerald

    August 18, 2020 at 5:39 pm

    Pardon the double-post by me above. After I noticed that my first version had not been posted, I figured there was a glitch or something, so I made a second attempt.
    I’m American and, to my knowledge, “pupil” is a rarely used, rather archaic word. It was already almost extinct when I was growing up in the late 60s and early 70s.
    In fact, I have usually only heard some East Asians use the word. As for British English, I will not go down that rabbit hole, as in pronouncing words which have an R at the end with no R (“career” being said as “kah-ree-a”), and then words which end with an A being given a final R sound (as in “Korea” being pronounced as “career”).
    Anyway, to keep things simple, the words “pupil” and “student” are synonyms. Why the writer used the daft phrase “student pupils” in her headline is baffling, given the fact that she describes herself as a “seasoned writer” with “over ten years’ experience in producing blog” and blah blah blah.

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    Tropical Girl

    August 18, 2020 at 7:37 pm

    A “seasoned writer” posted something that was already reported in “Khaosod English” yesterday afternoon. A high school “school pupil” could do this job.

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    Juanita McEwen

    September 2, 2020 at 11:08 pm

    Quite the grammar/language snobs posting here.

    The Oxford Learner’s Dictionary, as well as Merriam Webster considers the word “oftentimes” to be the extended form for the word “oft-times”.

    As for the word “pupil” being archaic and almost extinct, I haven’t the faintest idea where that came from. It is, indeed, still in use.

    One more thing, there are many of us who enjoy using words in their original meaning, which tends to throw off certain people. I once used the British slang “whinging” in place of “whining” and angered someone, who proceeded to tell me there was no such word.

    As for this article, I only came for the information it contained, and it fulfilled that purpose. So, thank you, Maya Taylor.

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Majority in survey say now is the time to share ideas to solve conflicts

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Majority in survey say now is the time to share ideas to solve conflicts | The Thaiger

A majority of those surveyed in a recent Suan Dusit Rajabhat University poll say now is the time to work together to solve the conflicts that are plaguing the country. The poll, known as the Suan Dusit Poll, was conducted online from September 23-25, asked for opinions on the long-standing conflicts in Thailand.

1,263 online netizens responded with a large majority-almost 92% saying now is the time for all who are concerned to come together to brainstorm ideas on how to resolve the conflicts. The rest of the respondents, around 8%, said other things. Each respondent was given more than one allowed answer when asked for suggestions of how to fix the issues with almost 89% saying the government should be open to all opinions. Almost 88% said there should not be any violence, 82% said no double-standards, 74% said forums should be held nationwide to allow opinions, and 69% wanted the parties involved in the conflicts to take a step backward.

However, the question of who should lead the country in resolving these issues was split closely between pollsters wanting core members and representatives of different groups, the prime minister, and the people. Only around 13% pointed towards the government sector as taking the lead and lastly, around 9% pointing to the students and youth.

A majority of respondents, about 75%, agree that the brainstorming would be successful with almost 25% saying it would be unlikely to be successful. Such a poll comes after major anti-government student protests at Bangkok’s Thammasat University have rocked the nation, with some saying, for the first time, the rallies have thwarted the Lese Majeste laws in place that have historically put a muzzle on free speech and criticisms of the monarchy and King. Such protests have led to the arrestsof those leading the movement especially after a plaque was placedat the Grand Palace declaring that “Thailand belongs to the people.”

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Phuket’s Sri Panwa Resort’s land title deed to be investigated for legality by DSI

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Back in the news again. Phuket’s Sri Panwa Resort’s land title deed is now to be investigated by the Department of Special Investigation after a petition was filed to determine whether the deed was procured legally. Veera Somkwamkid, the secretary-general of the People’s Network Against Corruption, filed the petition along with 167 pages of documents pertaining to his accusations that Thawatchai Anukun, a land fraud suspect, had unlawfully issued land title deeds to plots of land in Phuket before he mysteriously died in a detention room while in DSI custody in 2016.

He was allegedly being investigated for falsifying land deeds between the years of 1998 and 2001. Veera claims before the title deed was issued on the plot, the land was part of a forest known by locals as Pa Kae.

“Back then, 10 families that had occupied the plots for about 40 years had title deed requests rejected. The reason given was the land was part of a forest reserve used by the navy.”

However, Watchara Buathong, Phuket’s current land official, says the Sri Panwa resort had legally acquired its 56-rai, none of which was ever state land. Local resident Khwanjai Khumban, backed this claim, saying her father and cousins had sold most of the land to the resort, and she could produce documents to account for at least 12 rai of the disputed area.

Phuket's Sri Panwa Resort's land title deed to be investigated for legality by DSI | News by The Thaiger

Meanwhile, the Social Security Office, is also under fireas it is being asked to explain why it invested in the hotel’s trust fund. The department, which is under Thailand’s Ministry of Labour, in which its minister says he doesn’t know if the property has been legally built and points to the responsibility to the DSI to investigate. This was echoed by at least one opposition MP and anti-corruption activists.

The hotel, situated on Cape Panwa, in Phuket’s Muang district, has been under recent scrutiny due to its owner, Vorasit Issara, accusing Panusaya “Rung” Sithijirawattanakul, a co-leader of the anti-government United Front of Thammasat and Demonstration group, of offending the monarchy at last weekend’s protest at Sanam Luang.

Vorasit posted on Instagram that Panusaya Sithijirawattanakul should be jailed, further falsely claiming that she is not Thai when, in fact, Panusaya was found to have been born in Nonthaburi and is a Thai citizen.

“This bullshit has got to stop. She is not Thai. Who is she working for? This one needs to be in prison”.

Such a statement has received wide backlash from netizens with some taking to Trip Advisor and other websites to post bad reviews of the resort, prompting it to suspend advertising on such sites.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post
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Charter vote delayed, committee formed and Senators escape Parliament by boat – VIDEO

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Charter vote delayed, committee formed and Senators escape Parliament by boat – VIDEO | The Thaiger
PHOTOS: Protesters gather outside the Thai parliament - Tanaporn Choopanya

Thailand’s MPs and Senators have kicked the constitutional can down the road at least a month after the parliament failed to agree on charter amendments. A panel will be sent up to examine 6 motions that were proposed and debated over the past 2 days. Meanwhile, up to 2,000 protesters were gathered outside the unfinished parliamentary buildings as an act of solidarity for the MPs supporting the changes to the current Thai Constitution.

The reality of the vote, and the setting up of an investigative committee, could push any votes on real reform well into 2021.

The 2 Houses of Parliament voted 431-255 to delay the vote. Opposition Pheu Thai and Move Forward MPs stormed out and missed the opportunity of nominating anyone to the new 45 member parliamentary committee to examine the motions, whilst the remaining members chose members for the committee. Move Forward Party’s, Pita Limjaroenrat, described the vote as “a way to stall for time” complaining that the decision “was moving the country towards a dead end”.

It was not known how the NCPO hand-picked Senators would vote on the bills. Many were thought to side with the idea of constitutional reform but the reality was that, in most scenarios, they’d be voting themselves out of a job if any reforms went ahead. Thailand’s entire upper house is a military-appointed rump of conservative former businesspeople and Army officials, mostly men.

Charter vote delayed, committee formed and Senators escape Parliament by boat - VIDEO | News by The Thaiger

The protesters viewed the afternoon’s proceedings as a blunt stalling tactic to keep the current parliament, and its unelected senators, in power. The session ran until 8.30 last night. Rather than face the angry mob of anti-government protesters at the front of the building, most of the senators escaped on boat at the rear of the building, which backs onto Bangkok’s Chao Phraya River.

The demonstrators, with a consistent theme of reform over 3 months of rallies, are demanding changes to the current constitution because it was drafted by the NCPO who kicked out the elected government of Yingluck Shinawatra in 2014.

The protesters specifically point to the NCPO-appointed senate and the power they wield to elect the country’s prime minister, even though none of them were elected (nor was Prayut Chan-o-cha).

Protesters say they will now organise the next lot of rallies in October. Meanwhile, the Parliament is now is recess.

PROTESTSLive scenes from today’s protest rally to lend their voices, albeit from outside the The Parliament, to the debates inside about amendments to the Thai Constitution. The Thai parliament buildings are unfinished and, so it seems, are the student and anti-government protesters.

Posted by The Thaiger on Thursday, September 24, 2020


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