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2 protest leaders re-arrested while recuperating in hospital

Maya Taylor

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3 protest leaders are recovering in hospital following skirmishes outside the Bangkok Remand Prison during their release on Friday night. 2 of the 3, Panupong Jadnok and Parit Chiwarak have been re-arrested, while still recovering at Praram 9 Hospital in Bangkok. Panusaya Sithijirawattanakul is also being treated at the hospital and it’s understood police are seeking a court order to re-arrest her too.

Panupong, also known as, “Mike”, has been arrested by Rayong officers, after he took part in a protest against PM Prayut Chan-o-cha’s visit to the eastern province in August. Meanwhile, officers from Ubon Ratchathani have re-arrested Parit, aka, “Penguin”, at the hospital. He is being charged with sedition over his participation in a rally in the north-eastern province in August. Panusaya, aka, “Rung”, is under 24-hour police watch, while officers seek an arrest warrant for her role in 2 protests in Bangkok in June.

All 3 protest leaders required hospitalisation after being caught up in scuffles that followed their release and immediate re-arrest on Friday night. Despite their apparent release, a prisoner transportation van was waiting outside the court to immediately take them back into custody on other charges, leading to angry scenes among friends and family members who’d gathered to welcome the 3.

Panupong, who it’s believed fainted while in police custody, was admitted to Praram 9 Hospital, with Parit and Panusaya admitted to the facility later on, in the early hours of Saturday morning. The Bangkok Post reports that doctors say they will need a few days to recover.

Police are expected to ask the court to approve the detention of Parit and Panupong in their absence. Officers also claim a group of protesters damaged the transportation vehicle carrying the activists. They say they are compiling evidence against the group, prior to filing charges of property damage and assaulting state officials.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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    Johnny Rambo

    November 2, 2020 at 10:18 am

    That 3-finger-sign looks like the nazi salute. This is disgraceful. But i guess at least 99% of Thai population does not even know what nazism is. Most of them dont even know the capital of the USA. I have seen monkeys in the jungle who have more education than most Thai people.

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      Gosport

      November 2, 2020 at 10:24 am

      You must have met more monkeys in the jungle! Better for you back to jungle to practice your juggle.

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        Johnny Rambo

        November 2, 2020 at 10:42 am

        You better leave your beloved Thailand before it becomes again a poor third-world-country with life conditions comparable to the Stone Age you little pathetic Thai troll.

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          James

          November 2, 2020 at 11:31 pm

          Sorry, johnny Rant-bo, I forgot to mention, a Nazi salute is done with five fingers and the palm open, with the right arm, not the left arm, and at an angle of about 45%.

          What about in the Olympics in a swimming race using the butterfly stroke, are the swimmers constantly doing a double Nazi salute?

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            Johnny Rambo

            November 3, 2020 at 1:57 am

            There is a difference between an inevitable arm/hand movement you have to do in sports and a totally dispensable political gesture that ressembles the nazi gesture. The Thais are so disrespectful in a disgusting way. Do they even know what Holocaust is ???

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      James

      November 2, 2020 at 11:26 pm

      To johnny Rant-go.

      Before you talk of education get your grammar and punctuation right.

      “This is disgraceful. But I guess at least 99% of the Thai population does not even know what nazism is.”

      Did a monkey help you write your comment?

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        Johnny Rambo

        November 3, 2020 at 1:38 am

        Go teach English to the Thais, not to me. Most Thais dont even know what a question mark is or how you negate verbs in English. These uneducated savages need your help James. Help them.

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    Al

    November 5, 2020 at 11:48 pm

    The German 3rd Reich ‘salute’ does kinda resemble what the protesters are using. The Germans (and Italian) fascist salute actually dates back to the times of the Romans.
    It was surprisingly (perhaps to many) used in the good ol’ USA as the Bellamy Salute, right up to the 1930’s until it was disused owing to its disconcerting resemblance to the Nazi and Italian Fascist salutes.
    BUT, the protesters are making good use of the 3 fingered salute used in the films The ‘Hunger Games,’showing thanks, admiration, and good-bye. Although by now, it is basically regarded as a freedom symbol.

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Khao San Road remains empty during the day, night crowds keep the street alive

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Without foreign tourists at Bangkok’s infamous backpacker mecca, Khao San Road has gone quiet. While nights draw local crowds, it’s not what it used to be and the once bustling street remains empty during the day time.

While locals frequent the nightclubs and bars on the street, Khao San Road is not nearly what is was like before the pandemic. The deserted street during the daytime is an ongoing problem, according to the head of Khao San trader’s association Sanga Reungwattanakun. He says before 5pm, the street is empty.

Before the pandemic, Khao San Road generated a revenue of 1 billion baht each year and 99% of the customers were foreigners, Sanga says. Visiting the street has been considered a “rite-of-passage” for foreign backpackers.

The area is known for being crazy with party hostels, cheap alcohol and balloons filled with laughing gas. It’s also known for its eclectic street food like scorpion on a stick. During the day (pre-pandemic), tourists would get massages, go shopping, get some food or grab a drink. (or 2.. or 3…)

Without the foreign tourists, many of the hotels on the street are closed and Sanga says some traders were just too slow to adjust to the new market conditions.

During the lockdown, Khao San Road had a facelift. More than 48 million baht was put into the area for major renovations like leveling out the road and footpaths, adding some gutters and designing space for emergency vehicles.

Since the road’s official reopening with a Halloween event in October, local officials have been trying to figure out ways to pump more life into the street. The campaign “Go to Khao San 2435” was recently launched to try to draw more people to the area. Nightly opening hours have been extended to 1am, but the daytime still remains a problem.

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Thai Constitutional Court official files contempt charge against protest leader

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A student protest leader is facing charges of contempt after he made statements on Facebook critical of the Constitutional Court ruling to acquit PM Prayut Chan-o-cha, allowing the Thai prime minister and former Army General to continue occupying a military-owned residence. Critics have argued that allowing Prayut, a retired general, to say at the Army residence is a conflict of interest.

Director of the Constitutional Court’s litigation office and police officer, Montri Daengsri, filed the charge against pro-democracy protest leader Parit “Penguin” Chiwarak. Montri says the Facebook posts made by Penguin were defamatory to the court and had tarnished its reputation.

In addition to the Facebook posts, Montri says the protest leader made an offensive speech following the court ruling at the Lat Phrao intersection in Bangkok. He says the speech was defamatory and violated Thailand’s Criminal Code. Police are investigating the claims to determine if charges should be pressed.

Prayut occupies a military reception house at the 1st Infantry Regiment residential area on Phahon Yothin in Bangkok, according to the Royal Thai Army. Tenants in army welfare houses have to pay for utility bills while those who live in the reception houses, like retirees, do not pay for household expenses and the utility bill is covered by the Army.

The Constitutional Court ruled this week that Prayut did not violate the Charter by occupying the residence. The court says under military regulations, former officers can remain at their Army residence after their retirement at the discretion of the Thai Army commander.

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Schoolgirl bursts into tears meeting Panasaya, fearing for activist’s safety

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Protest leader Panusaya Sitthijirawattanakul, aka, “Rung”, has been pictured consoling a young schoolgirl who broke down in tears, concerned about the activist’s safety. Rattapol Kaiipah Promsuwan, who witnessed the exchange, has shared a photo of the moment on social media. She says the girl, who is in Grade 6 (making her around 11 years old), had gone to the organisers’ area during Wednesday’s rally at the Lat Phrao intersection in Bangkok. There, she asked to meet Panusaya, a hero of hers.

The girl’s sister says her sibling has an interest in politics and is concerned about reports that Panusaya faces lèse majesté charges. Thailand’s lèse majesté law prohibits insulting, defaming or threatening the nation’s revered Monarchy, and carries a punishment of up to 15 years’ imprisonment. During her meeting with Panusaya, the girl cried for half an hour, with the student activist trying to console her, and a Facebook photo showing her hugging the child.

Panusaya has received a new summons from the Technology Crime Suppression Division, as a result of a police complaint lodged by royalist supporter, Nitipong Honark, a music composer. She is now being summonsed on December 9, to hear additional charges of lèse majesté and violating the Computer Crimes Act .

Meanwhile, the BBC has named her in its list of the world’s 100 most influential and inspirational women of 2020.

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