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Bangkok Pride Parade demands reforms and rights for sex workers

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The Thai LGBT community was joined by anti-government protesters in yesterday’s Pride Parade in Bangkok, which travelled from Sam Yan intersection to Silom. The parade took on a more political tone this year and was calling for democracy and equal rights, amid the usual demands for the resignation of Thai PM Prayut Chan-o-cha and reforms to the role of the monarchy. Some 2,000 people had joined the march by the time it reached Silom.

The parade was titled “Parade of the Proletarians”.

The usually colourful pride parade took on a more sombre tone as the “Seritoey Plus”group of black-clad people gathered at Sam Yan intersection around 3.30pm. Many of the marchers were dressed in black. The protest disbanded peacefully at 9pm.

A Free Youth-allied group focusing on LGBT community people marched in downtown Bangkok on Saturday afternoon to demand democracy and equal rights.

Once the demonstrators reached Silom Road there were a series of speeches and performances to explain their demands.

Members of Thailand’s LGBT Community have been regular participants at the rallies since the latest movement kicked off in July this year. They have brought a bit of colour to the otherwise drab protest attire.

The march’s organisers say the objective of the gathering was to stimulate the economy brought to its knees by the Covid-19 outbreak and the mismanagement of the current government.

Some of the signs they were carrying said… #รับเลือดกะเทย (AcceptKatoeyBlood) #สมรสเท่าเทียม (EqualMarriageRights) and #LegaliseSexWorker.

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    gosport

    November 8, 2020 at 11:50 am

    This parade is parade, everybody loves it.

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    Toby Andrews

    November 8, 2020 at 12:08 pm

    Oh they will add a little GAYety to the proceedings.

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    Issan John

    November 8, 2020 at 12:11 pm

    The minimal number of participants (2,000) shows just how little support there is for any sort of “Gay Pride” in Thailand, compared with over 30,000 in London and Sydney, where there are usually half a million “supporters” watching the parade.

    In Pattaya and Phuket the parades have virtually died out, attracting only a few hundred participants in a good year primarily as advertisements for the gay bars – they weren’t helped by being held as part of International Aids Day, with the inevitable implication that Aids was a gay issue which was exactly the opposite to the message many gays were trying to get across.

    Pride parades have always been about taking “pride” in being gay, while for most gay Thais is nothing to be proud or ashamed of but it’s simply nothing more than the way they are and were born.

    It’s rather absurd that it’s been partly hijacked by anti-government protests (just as gay rights activists have part-hijacked anti-government protests), since although a number of previous governments have backed gay rights and discussed gay marriage / partnership, this is the first government to actually do anything about it with a Civil Partnership Bill that was approved by the Cabinet in July as the first step to full Civil Partnership rights, equal to marriage.

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    BLM

    November 8, 2020 at 2:26 pm

    This protest was sponsored by George Soros.

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    Toby Andrews

    November 8, 2020 at 2:35 pm

    Some king of England once said of homosexuals: As long as they do not do it in the road and frighten the horses, it does not matter.
    I agree with that king.

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      Issan John

      November 8, 2020 at 3:23 pm

      More likely to have been an Irish queen than an English king 🙂

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    john smith

    November 8, 2020 at 6:21 pm

    Yes they should be given reform and rights since it was them who kept the country alive and well pre covid.

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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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