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Pathumwan intersection protest kicks off in defiance of police and government orders

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In the latest cat and mouse game between police and protesters, the students waited for Bangkok police to close down the Ratchaprasong intersection, the site of last evening’s rally, and then scheduled tonight’s rally at the nearby Pathumwan intersection instead, one of the busiest intersection in the city. The posted the switch of location at 4pm, after police had sealed off the intersection 800 metres away. The huge MBK media mall overlooks the intersection.

Already, as of 6.30pm, more than 10,000 people have gathered there in defiance of the State of Emergency announced by the government yesterday.

Once on location the protesters asked people using the skywalk overlooking the intersection to “Come on down” and join them. The National Stadium Skytrain station has been closed.

The new location was announced on the Free Youth Facebook page around 4pm this afternoon.

The protesters have been warned not to assemble as it would contravene the current State of Emergency announced early yesterday morning and endorsed by the Thai cabinet this afternoon. The PM has also warned protesters that he would announce a curfew if the protests didn’t stop organising the gatherings.

But for now the protesters have decided to push ahead with peaceful assemblies and continue their demands for the prime minister to resign, along with constitutional and parliamentary reforms. They’re also demanding that their fellow protesters are released from detention after up to 30 people, associated with the protests, have now been arrested.

Police have also repeated their warnings that people attending the rally will be arrested if they take part. The current State of Emergency prevents gatherings of more than 5 people.

The city’s premier shopping centres of Siam Paragon and Siam Discovery Centre, right next to the Pathumwan intersection, about 800 metres away on Ploenchit Road, closed mid afternoon because of the closure of the Ratchprason intersection.

 

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    Freddy

    Friday, October 16, 2020 at 9:17 pm

    Power to the people!

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    Toby Andrews

    Friday, October 16, 2020 at 10:04 pm

    They have done what I suggested, Just switched protest points. Are they reading my posts lol

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    Michael

    Friday, October 16, 2020 at 11:20 pm

    10.000 protestors in a city with 7 million people. Sometimes I think that Thai people deserve this incompetent military dictator.

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    Issan John

    Saturday, October 17, 2020 at 1:46 am

    … and you’ve risked decades in jail because you didn’t agree with your country’s government when, exactly?

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      Robert Bunker

      Saturday, October 17, 2020 at 11:59 am

      Very well said. I am lost in admiration frankly for these kids (and many were still in school uniform)

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    Peter

    Saturday, October 17, 2020 at 1:51 am

    I very much doubt this will end well

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      Toby Andrews

      Saturday, October 17, 2020 at 1:16 pm

      For the government.

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    Freedom Lover

    Saturday, October 17, 2020 at 6:33 am

    Down with Dictatorship! Restore Democracy! Abolish the M——y!

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    wayne Drummond

    Saturday, October 17, 2020 at 6:49 pm

    10000 protestors from a city of 6.32 Million??? REALLY? So for the sake of the misinformation being issued by news media here and abroad:- http://web.nso.go.th/pop2000/table/eadv_tab1.pdf If the numbers were 20000 protestors it would account for no more than 0.316% of the Bangkok Population aged between 15 years and 29 Years. So is this a protest or a picnic? I would like to suggest a mandatory sentence be applied upon of all people who gather in violation of the rule of law, but mostly at the disgraceful and blatant disrespect and disregard for the 10 million inhabitants of one of the most visited cities on the planet and a totally non-existent media reporting headline story. . Risk of “death” from the worst pandemic to strike the planet in the modern age. Upon arrival at a demonstration each protestor should is required to discard any protective anti-covid masks they have upon them, and further that swift and immediate execution of any protestor who is found to be wearing said protective devises at any demonstration.

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      Nemo

      Sunday, October 18, 2020 at 2:35 am

      In Berlin there was a huge demonstration against the covid scam and you barely heard a peep out of the media or outright lies about its size. Media is typically tied at the hip with the government or elites who wish to exert control

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1,000 to 6,000-patient field hospital opened at IMPACT complex

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FILE PHOTO: IMPACT exhibition centre has opened a huge field hospital.

IMPACT Muang Thong Thani exhibition centre in Nonthaburi has just opened as a massive field hospital that will be supervised by the Public Health Ministry. PM Prayut Chan-o-cha, Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul, and Interior Minister Anupong Paochinda were all in attendance for the launch yesterday.

Situated in the northern suburb of Bangkok, the huge commercial complex has ample space in a variety of buildings. IMPACT Muang Thong Thani houses on its grounds multiple exhibition halls, a convention centre, and an arena.

Operating under the name Bussarakham Hospital, the huge venues of IMPACT can currently hold 1,092 patients in its initial opening, but if needed there is room to expand to a max capacity of 4000 to 6,000 people. The public and private health sector collaborated to build and maintain the Covid-19 emergency overflow facility.

So-called yellow-coded Covid-19 patients, those who have slight to severe symptoms, will be the primary patients treated at the IMPACT field hospital. Emergency medical equipment like respirators are on hand in the event of a patient’s condition worsening suddenly though. The hospital will employ a total medical staff of 780 people. 260 medical staff members will be on duty at any given time, working 3 shifts divided between the staff.

The IMPACT field hospital was set up in just one week with the help of all the involved partners. The Public Health Minister touted the success of the project, saying that it is set up to care for patients physical and mental needs with comfort.

“Apart from the treatment zone, the hospital also provides a relaxing zone where patients can stay watching movies and exercise under good ventilation all around the area while staying socially distanced.”

Anutin also made a point to reassure area residents that converting IMPACT into a field hospital will not interrupt or negatively affect the local community.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

 

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Man charged with rape of 36 women in Bangkok area

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FILE PHOTO: Denphum Wattanachotipinyo has been charges with rape with more than 36 victims.

A serial rapist with complaints from 36 female victims from the end of 2020 until the beginning of this month has officially been charged with rape. Mr Denphum Wattanachotipinyo committed rape, theft, fraud, and deception in the Bangkok area and was arrested Wednesday in Sai Mai. He is 39 years old and is believed to be from Nontha Buri.

Thonburi Court issued a warrant for his arrest on May 4, and he was arrested on May 11 with coordination by the Commander of the Crime Suppression Division of the Royal Thai Police after escaping capture for several days. After appearing in court in Bangkok, he is now in Thonburi Prison for the rape charges. An extension was granted for police to hold him in until May 24 as evidence is gathered and charges are formalized.

Police requested that bail be denied as they worry Denphum may interfere with witnesses and is a flight risk considering the seriousness and the violent nature of his charges. During his imprisonment, police will review five other testimonies and take statements from any more witnesses. They will also examine medical reports for the first woman who reported a rape to the Bang Khun Thian Police Station in Bangkok on May 2 that launched the probe that brought down Denphum.

Two women have testified with similar details, alleging that they were victims of violent rape in his luxury condo in the Sathorn area of Bangkok, one on February 8 and one on May 1. Both say they were held at knifepoint with their lives threatened after being forced to take crystal meth. They came to his room under the promise of paid work. Many of the victims stated that they were robbed or forced to give Denphum money in addition to the brutal rape.

He’s being charged for the rape cases in Bangkok with multiple violations under Sections 276 and 309 of the Criminal Code. Section 276 involves sex with women against their will when they cannot resist. Section 309 involves creating fear of bodily harm or death in women. Each count of the latter can be punishable by up to 5 years in jail, while the rape convictions would carry sentences of between 4 and 20 years.

SOURCE: Thai Examiner

 

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506 Covid-19 infections found in Klong Prem Central Prison

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Yet another Bangkok prison has reported a Coronavirus outbreak, as Klong Prem Central Prison now confirmed 506 Covid-19 infections. The Corrections Department deputy director-general Dr Weerakit Harnpariphan confirmed that this outbreak was discovered through active screening, and a lot more testing still needs to be done.

The prison houses a total population of at least 20,000 inmates amongst the many facilities within its compound. Of note, the Central Women’s Correctional Institution is also on the premise and has recently reported 1,039 Covid-19 infections. The Central Correctional Hospital, Bangkok Special Prison, and the Central Correction Institution for Drug Addicts are also all housed inside, as well as every female prisoner on death row in Thailand.

The Covid-19 cluster was found in zone 4 of the maximum security prison in Chatuchak District, Bangkok. That zone is used for vocational training. The other zones of the prison have yet to be screened, creating fears that there may be a much higher Covid-19 infected population than currently known.

The deputy director-general of the department did confirm that all inmates who tested positive for Covid-19 have been isolated from the general prison population. They are being held in groupings by their condition and the severity of their symptoms.

Officials advised that relatives of prisoners can contact Klong Prem Central Prison to inquire about the condition of an inmate. The prison will only be notifying family members if the infected inmate requests them to make contact.

This prison cluster is one of several making headlines after the Bangkok Remand Prison identified nearly 1,800 covid-19 infections in its prison population. The current outbreak is attracting criticism from humanitarian groups that are calling for sentence commutations and the release of low-risk prisoners to thin the prison populations in Thailand that are already 160,000 inmates over maximum capacity in hopes of controlling the Covid-19 outbreak.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

 

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