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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

    October 16, 2020 at 9:17 pm

    Power to the people!

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    Toby Andrews

    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

    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

    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

      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

    October 17, 2020 at 1:51 am

    I very much doubt this will end well

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      Toby Andrews

      October 17, 2020 at 1:16 pm

      For the government.

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    Freedom Lover

    October 17, 2020 at 6:33 am

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

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    wayne Drummond

    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

      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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Royalists gathered this morning at the United States Embassy in Bangkok and called on Americans to stop a so-called “hybrid war,” implying that the US government is interfering with Thailand politics during a time of ongoing pro-democracy protests.

Dressed in yellow, the colour symbolising the Thai Monarch, the protesters held signs calling on an end to an alleged hybrid war. Some waved the Thailand national flag and some held up photos of the Royal family. One sign read “Stop hybrid war. Please return peace to the world.”

A large sign was directed at Ambassador Michael George DeSombre, who also served on the board Hong Kong forum which, according to the US government, “seeks to promote the exchange of ideas between scholars and policymakers worldwide and to foster communication between the US and China.”

The sign read “Mr. DeSombre! Your job in Hong Kong was good, but it doesn’t work for Thailand.”

Former singer and member of the Thai Pakdee royalist group, Hurethai Muangboonsri, led the rally and accused the US government of creating divide in Thailand, without providing any details or evidence.

“Don’t make Thais fight among each other or our nation will collapse. Remember that! Stop the conflict and stop the interference. This is Thailand, not Hong Kong.”

It’s unclear how many people showed up at the rally, but Nation Thailand says 20 police officers from Lumpini Station were deployed to secure the area around the embassy.

Whether or not the US is meddling with Thai politics, a pro-democracy activist told The Thaiger in a previous interview that political protests in America have influenced and motivated some in Thailand to rally and speak up for change.

SOURCES: Nation Thailand| US Government

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145 more on Special Tourist Visa arrive in Bangkok

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145 people on the new Special Tourist Visa arrived in Bangkok yesterday from Guangzhou, China, the second group after Thailand’s 7 month ban on international tourists. 39 people on the new long stay visa arrived last week, a small, yet significant step forward for Thailand as it pries open the borders for tourists, albeit with a lot of paperwork, restrictions AND the 14 day quarantine.

The country went from welcoming millions of tourists each month before the pandemic to zero from late-March until a few weeks ago. In 2019, nearly 40 million tourists visited Thailand.

All the tourists passed the Covid-19 screening upon arrival at the Suvarnabhumi Airport. They are now required to go through a 14 day quarantine at an approved hotel or facility before travelling the country.

The tourists were on the same China Southern Airlines flight as 118 foreigners with Thai work permits who were entering Thailand for business purposes, according to the airport’s deputy director Kittipong Kittikachon. 16 Thais were also on the flight, travelling back home from China.

While some have been concerned that opening the borders to foreign tourists could cause another outbreak (even though the tourists are also required to quarantine), Kittipong says there is “no chance” that the coronavirus will spread from the tourists. He says strict health measures are in place and the tourists are coming from areas that are considered a “very low risk” with no recent local transmissions of the virus.

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Both rallies outside German Embassy broke the law – deputy police chief

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Both of the rallies outside the German Embassy in Bangkok – the royalists and government supporters earlier yesterday afternoon and the pro-democracy protesters in the evening – are illegal, police say.

Deputy Metropolitan Police Chief Piya Tawichai says both rallies held outside the embassy on Sathorn Road did not have the permit required to hold a gathering and demonstrators violated Covid-19 prevention measures under the emergency order. The deputy police chief says police will investigate and remain neutral, enforcing the law equally regardless of political opinion.

Pro-democracy activists, who are calling on government and monarchy reform, had announced they would file what some call a “controversial” and “unprecedented” letter with the German Embassy, calling on the foreign officials to look into whether His Majesty the King conducted Thai political business on German soil where the he habitually resides.

HERE is details of the letter that was delivered.

Around 500 royalists got to the embassy first in the afternoon to show support for the Thai Monarch. Most were dressed in yellow, the colour representing the Thai Monarchy, and many waved the Thai flag and held up photos of the Royal family.

Later that evening, thousands of protesters, estimated to be up to 10,000, called on reform marched to the German Embassy from Sam Yan intersection to submit the letter. The Germany’s Foreign Minister responded by saying that they are continuously “keeping an eye out” and if anything is found to be illegal, there will be “immediate consequences.”

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