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Dozens of protester arrests since emergency decree was imposed

Caitlin Ashworth



The Thaiger/ Caitlin Ashworth

Dozens of people have been arrested since the State of Emergency was imposed early Thursday morning to break up a pro-democracy protest. The government order bans people from holding public gatherings of more than 5 people until November 13, but hundreds and thousands of people have continued to gather. Police warn they can arrest those who violate the order.

74 people have been arrested since Thursday, according to Nation Thailand. While many have reportedly been arrested for violating the emergency decree, 2 protesters face life in prison for alleged intention to harm HM the Queen’s liberty during a royal motorcade, which happened on the same route as a pro-democracy protest on Wednesday. Police are also looking to press charges on protesters who allegedly broke the window of a traffic police box at the Bang Na intersection during a protest last night.

Deputy Metropolitan Police Chief Piya Tawichai told Nation Thailand he estimates 20,000 have participated in demonstrations over the past few days. 12 police teams are ready to be deployed at rallies today. One of the rallies will be outside the Bangkok Remand Prison.

The emergency decree was imposed early Thursday morning, breaking up a protest outside the Government House and leading to the arrest of more than 20 people. Since then, protesters have gathered every evening, calling for the release of their fellow activists as well as their demands: the resignation of PM Prayut Chan-o-cha, a rewrite of the Thai constitution and an end to the military-run government.

A student activist at a demonstration on Saturday evening said a number of people are missing and they are calling on the police to release them.

“We are angry … People are still missing and we are worried about them.”

SOURCE: Nation Thailand


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    Robert Bunker

    Monday, October 19, 2020 at 5:11 pm

    If the Thai authoritie are genuinely resorting to “disappearing” people then they may as well switch off the lights and close up shop now. No government / country that wishes to be treated by the international community as anything but a pariah state can act like that. Unless Thai government is happy to have China and North Korea alone as future partners they need to think very quickly and come up with alterntative strategies for conflict resolution.

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      Monday, October 19, 2020 at 6:28 pm

      AvatarTomOctober 19, 2020 at 6:21 pm
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      Interestingly, many of the social techniques are similar here amongst the students as in the Antifa and BLM protests going in in America. These include shaming by student leaders of their peers for not going along with the protests 100%. Students are told “You need to ‘educate’ yourself about why we must take down this government.”. They’re warned about being on ‘the wrong side’. These are Marxist techniques in the guise of democracy. This is an insurgency using naive students to appear as a grass roots movement.

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    Monday, October 19, 2020 at 5:36 pm

    These rioters deserve it. Good job.
    Send rioters to Siberia

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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