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Injuries and arrests as Bangkok protests turn violent

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Pro-democracy protesters clashed with police in Bangkok yesterday, leading to injuries and arrests as activists attempted to reach the residence of PM Prayut Chan-o-cha. At least 33 people were injured, including 23 police officers. The clashes happened in front of 1st Infantry Regiment barracks, King’s Guard on Vibhavadi Rangsit Road and involved around 1,500 activists from REDEM (Restart Democracy), part of the Free Youth group. The group has been protesting against the government and calling for reform of the monarchy since protests began in July of last year.

Yesterday, the Metropolitan Police Bureau deployed over 2,000 riot police, with barricades erected to prevent protesters reaching the PM’s home. The Bangkok Post reports that at around 6.30pm, activists clashed with police. Officers deployed tear gas and water cannon and allegedly used rubber bullets as protesters threw objects their way.

Piya Tawichai from the MPB has denied that police used tear gas or water cannon, accusing protesters of instigating violence by using weapons and vandalising government property. Thai PBS World reports that yesterday’s demonstration was the most violent anti-government protest in recent weeks. Protesters’ demands include the PM’s resignation and reform of the monarchy.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post | Thai PBS World

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    Toby Andrews

    Monday, March 1, 2021 at 1:58 pm

    23 police injured and 10 protesters?
    Yet the Police wear helmets, face shields, body protection and hold shields!
    According to the Bangkok post they fired rubbers bullets.
    This does not make sense.

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    Dreamon

    Monday, March 1, 2021 at 2:34 pm

    dictatorship doesn’t make sense at all, they are lying on everything.

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    Ian

    Monday, March 1, 2021 at 3:52 pm

    Just look at Myanmar this all region is toxic with dictators it’s sickening the world needs to help these defenceless people

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    Jim kelly

    Monday, March 1, 2021 at 8:34 pm

    KEEP UP THE 3 X FINGER SALUTE AND ‘BRING IT ON’ IN YOUR MASSES!!!

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    Issan John

    Monday, March 1, 2021 at 8:43 pm

    Why does it “not make sense”, Toby?

    Rubber bullets, tear gas and water cannon, if used, are intended and designed specifically to briefly incapacitate and to avoid or minimise any injuries.

    Kerb stones, paving slabs, ping pong bombs, etc, are intended to cause injury – the complete opposite.

    That’s not taking sides, BTW, Toby, it’s just how it is with most protests. Unless the police or security forces use excessive force or do their job badly they’ll nearly always end up with more injuries. Here, fortunately, it was a small crowd of protesters in a very open area so direct injuries on both sides were relatively minor.

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    Ian

    Monday, March 1, 2021 at 9:53 pm

    I’m where the fuck do you get kerb stones paving slabs from ,have you ever tried to throw one if your the world’s strongest man yes these are small Thai guys and girls give it a break with your constant lies and support for this dictatorship you make me sick on a daily basis with your arse licking to the establishment what’s problem scared of coming back to uk and living like a pauper here as well you’ll find things aren’t as cheap as 30 yrs ago you will prob get another wooden shed with your baht you have left 555

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      Issan John

      Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 12:55 am

      Ian, next time you meet someone who’s actually been in the police or the Army (pretty well anyone’s Army or police will do) and who’s done this sort of thing, ask them how protesters get anything to throw.

      … and if you think Bangkok’s pavements are in such perfect condition that there are no broken paving slabs or kerb stones around, you must have spent as much time in Bangkok as you did in the Army.

      Whatever you do though, don’t mention your “SA80 machine guns” unless you want to give yourself away for the sad, walting, never-served bluffer you are.

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    Ian

    Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 2:28 am

    Ij that is the weapon I used Andcyes I had comrades who had served in northern Ireland so go fuck yourself you know nothing as we all see each day as for you well you stick in the hut away from the real world and keep bleeping the crap you do each day you tell me how far a normal person can throw a slab or a kerbstone tbats what you quoted not stones or bricks but even they arent a match for guns and full body armour I say again Thailand the western people are with you and Myanmar we just need our leaders to grow a pair and stop these atrocities NOW . Please dont reply anymore i know you like the last word but its always shit and fake and bollocks

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    John is My Biggest Fan

    Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 6:23 am

    Isaac John, kerb stones and paving slabs are intended for the construction of pavements. They are sometimes used by protesters as projectiles.

    Tear gas and rubber bullets are intended to disperse crowds which they are very effective at doing on account of the serious injury they can cause.

    Just a few grams of tear gas can make a persons eyes water, nose run, throat to dry up and causes a great deal of pain – I know from experience.

    Rubber bullets are rubber coated metal bullets – they can cause permanent injury, blindness and death. I know this from experience.

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    Issan John

    Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 3:41 pm

    Sorry, JiMBF, but that’s simply wrong.

    “rubber bullets are” NOT “intended to disperse crowds”.

    … and they’re NOT “very effective at doing that” but the complete opposite.

    They’re very INEFFECTIVE as they incapacitate, knock people over, and STOP those hit from going away.

    Instead of those around those hit “dispersing”as they would from tear gas, water cannon, etc, they try to carry / help them away, so the whole process is slowed down.

    It’s the complete opposite to “effective”.

    That’s NOT what they’re designed for nor how they’re intended to be used.

    Tear gas, water cannon, and certain munitions such as rubber balls and pepper balls ARE “intended to disperse crowds” but “rubber bullets” are NOT.

    They’re designed to temporarily incapacitate, to knock someone down or knock them over, or to hurt them, short term, so that they CAN’T get away but they can be arrested.

    If you want to disperse a crowd, the last thing you want to do is make any of them unable to move, or make them hang around to help or carry those unable to move.

    I’m not defending the use of rubber bullets to “disperse crowds” – on the contrary, I’m the first to condemn it if (IF) it happens as it’s simply wrong, contrary to international codes of practice, and contrary to what all security forces I’m aware of are taught.

    It’s simply counter-productive – people can’t “disperse” if (IF) they’ve been hit and knocked down by a rubber bullet.

    The point I’m making isn’t that rubber bullets can’t “cause permanent injury, blindness and death”, as they can, but that is NOT what they’re “intended for” – any more than what paving slabs and kerb stones are intended for.

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    Issan John

    Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 4:46 pm

    … and FWIW, JiMBF, far from all “rubber bullets” are “rubber coated metal bullets” – some are, some aren’t.

    … and while I agree that “they can cause permanent injury, blindness and death” I doubt you “know this from experience”, although it’s possible.

    In Northern Ireland, British Security Forces fired over 125,000 “rubber bullets” (most actually plastic) which killed 17 people, including 8 children.

    That’s 17 too many, but I doubt you knew any of them or any killed anywhere else.

    … and while it’s true that “a few grams of tear gas can make a persons eyes water, nose run, and causes a great deal of pain”, it does NOT “make your throat to dry up”.

    That’s an urban myth. Sorry. It’s rubbish.

    It makes your throat burn, but does NOT make it “dry up” until, if it happens, hours or days later.

    It’s not in the same league, though, as Ian’s “SA80 machine gun” which he says is “the weapon [he] used during his “12 years service”.

    There’s no such “weapon” – it doesn’t exist, apart from in the fantasies of a few Walts and wannabees; the nearest to it would be the LSW, but nobody who was ever in the Army would call that a “machine gun” because it isn’t.

    Weird 😢

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Bangkok is now a red zone. Government gives people today to get back from Songkran break.

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…. before the next round of restrictions come into force at midnight tonight.

Bangkok and 17 other Thai provinces (there are 77 in total) are now declared maximum control areas. These “red zones” are the feature of the Thai Government’s new restrictions to get a grip on its rising Covid infection numbers since the start of April. The restrictions will last for at least 14 days.

From tonight, at midnight, some new restrictions are in force, not only in the red zones but every where else.

Think nightlife, think gatherings of more than 50 people, think restaurants. These are the area the government has generally targeted. The CCSA spokesperson yesterday, and the Thai PM Prayut Chan-o-cha, went out of their way to portray the new restrictions as NOT curfews and NOT lockdowns. But, if you live in a red zone province, including Bangkok, then the new set of restrictions are a lockdown in just about every sense without outright telling people to stay at home.

Everything will have to be closed from 11pm – 4am in the morning, including all convenience stores. Hope you’ve paid your Netflix subscription!

The government is also advising businesses in Bangkok, and other red zone provinces, to allow employees to work from home, or have adequate precautions in place if they need to work in the offices.

Unlike the last two outbreaks of Covid within Thailand, this cluster has emerged from the indulgences of Bangkok’s hi-sos, celebrity and look-at-me culture. The trendy clubs around Thong Lor and Ekkamai are the destination for people that want, or need, to be seen, including some politicians who have either ended up infected or knew someone in the club and pub scene and have had to self-isolate.

The late evening sojourns, with nary a care for masks or social distancing, small spaces, lots of people… it has proven the perfect breeding ground for a new Covid cluster.

Bangkok’s legendary shopping centres and community malls will have to shut their doors by 9pm, a situation now across the board for all Thai shopping centres including places like your local Tesco mall.

But convenience stores, supermarkets, community markets can stay open until 11pm.

At this stage people are being advised not to travel to Bangkok, or any other red zone province, for the next 2 week (after midnight tonight). The travel advisory isn’t an order at this stage, more of a hurry-up-and-get-back-from-your-holidays request.

Last weekend saw the mass exodus out of the city. The same return from the provinces is happening today and tomorrow. Even though the official Songkran holiday ran from Tuesday to Thursday this week, plenty of people have take the Mondays and Friday off last week to end up with an extended 9 day holiday. The government was hoping the longer Songkran break would be a boon for the shattered hospitality and tourism businesses. But last weekends sudden climb of new Covid infections caused some people to cancel or postpone their bookings.

The annual Songkran road toll, usually a national disgrace, was cut by over 50% this year due to the lack of traffic and people deciding to wait it out and catch up with their families later.

Thailand recorded 1,547 new infections around Thailand today, a slight drop from yesterdays’ 1,585 reported new cases. But the last 4 days have revealed the largest list of daily infections since the first case was detected in Thailand on January 13 last year, a 61 year old Chinese passenger on a flight from Wuhan to Suvarnabhumi – the first known case of the novel coronavirus outside of China.

2 leading police from the Thong Lor police station have already been sidelined into inactive posts, a face-saving measure to show the government were being pro-active in reacting to the sloppy enforcement (or non-existent enforcement) of Covid precautions in the district’s active nightlife. Officials are also tracking down the owners of the nightclubs and bars for potential prosecution, principally around Bangkok and in Phuket where parties, promoted and run by a group called ‘Kolour’ ended up becoming Covid spreader events.

Here’s a list of the red zone provinces.

1. Bangkok
2. Chiang Mai
3. Chon Buri
4. Samut Prakan
5. Prachuap Khiri Kan
6. Samut Sakhon
7. Pathum Thani
8. Nakhon Pathom
9. Phuket
10. Nakhon Ratchasima
11. Nonthaburi
12. Songkhla
13. Tak
14. Udon Thani
15. Suphanburi
16. Sa Kaeo
17. Rayong
18. Khon Kaen

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At-risk members of Thailand’s Social Security scheme can get free Covid-19 tests in Bangkok starting tomorrow. The Ministry of Labour will provide the tests, covering members under Sections 33, 39, and 40 of the Social Security Act. The programme will be held at the Bangkok Youth Centre (Thai-Japan) in Bangkok’s Din Daeng district.
The ministry expects to test up to 300 people per hour, with results to be received in 1 to 2 days. If anyone is found to be infected, they will be sent to hospitals under the Social Security scheme for free treatment. Currently, 81 hospitals are registered with the ministry, offering a total of over 1,000 beds.
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Meanwhile, Thailand’s army is getting ready to deal with the influx of Covid-19 infections as its deputy spokeswoman says 2 more field hospitals are now in place. The hospitals are in Bangkok and Prachuap Khiri Khan to help ease the burden of hospitals.

Already, an army field hospital has been set up at the Thanarat military camp, in conjunction with the Fort Thanarat Hospital, to accommodate 69 Covid-19 patients from the Hua Hin Hospital and Rajamangala University of Technology’s field hospital in Prachuap Khiri Khan province.

The Army Welfare Department and Phramongkutklao Hospital have also set up a field hospital in Bangkok’s Dusit district to help treat 86 additional Covid patients. And, in Songkhla province, the Rattanapol military camp is preparing to set up a 100 bed field hospital. Soldiers in PPE suits were also instructed to disinfect the Hat Yai International Airport.

Today, the CCSA announced 1,582 new Covid infections across Thailand in the past 24 hours. The small increase on yesterdays total will provide the CCSA with the information they need for this afternoon’s scheduled meeting, chaired by the Thai PM. It is expected that they will announce new restrictions but are unlikely to go for total lockdowns of provinces or ‘at risk’ districts. The Thaiger will bring this information to you ASAP after it is announced.

Here is the list of the current 18 red zone provinces which could have their restrictions raised at this afternoon’s meeting of the CCSA. Read more HERE.

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Thailand’s army is getting ready to deal with the influx of Covid-19 infections as its deputy spokeswoman says 2 more field hospitals are now in place. The hospitals are in Bangkok and Prachuap Khiri Khan to help ease the burden of hospitals in 2 of the hardest hit areas.

Already, an army field hospital has been set up at the Thanarat military camp, in conjunction with the Fort Thanarat Hospital, to accommodate 69 Covid patients from the Hua Hin Hospital and Rajamangala University of Technology’s field hospital in Prachuap Khiri Khan province.

The Army Welfare Department and Phramongkutklao Hospital have also set up a field hospital in Bangkok’s Dusit district to help treat 86 additional Covid patients. And, in Songkhla province, the Rattanapol military camp is preparing to set up a 100 bed field hospital. Soldiers in PPE suits were also instructed to disinfect the Hat Yai International Airport.

The move to help accommodate hospitals was due to the army chief’s concerns over the recent 3rd wave, which has seen daily infections increase to the thousands. The chief instructed each army unit to provide extra beds and facilities to patients in each hospital after teaming with public health agencies.

Today, the CCSA announced 1,582 new Covid infections across Thailand in the past 24 hours. The small increase on yesterdays total will provide the CCSA with the information they need for this afternoon’s scheduled meeting, chaired by the Thai PM. It is expected that they will announce new restrictions but are unlikely to go for total lockdowns of provinces or ‘at risk’ districts. The Thaiger will bring this information to you ASAP after it is announced.

Here is the list of the current 18 red zone provinces which could have their restrictions raised at this afternoon’s meeting of the CCSA. Read more HERE.

Since April 1 there has been a steady growth of new infections, described as the third wave in Thai media – much higher than the number of daily infections in the first and second waves.

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