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A new movement, at least their “branding”, by the pro-democracy activist group Free Youth has caught the attention of many after it posted a new logo that resembles the Communist party’s hammer and sickle symbol, either by design or co-incidence. It has also caught PM Prayut Chan-o-cha’s attention who says he’s asked his legal team to look into the new campaign to determine if it has an “illegal agenda.”

The campaign is called the RT Movement, short for “Restart Thailand.” The new logo has the letters “RT” in white against a red background with the “R” shaped as a sickle and the “T” shaped as a hammer. According to a post on the Free Youth Twitter page, the movement raises awareness about oppressed workers in Thailand and pushes to form a republic.

“Whether you are a student, office worker, maid, security guard, farmer or civil servant, we are all workers who are oppressed.”

Free Youth has arranged numerous pro-democracy protests in Bangkok since July. The group has raised concerns about monarchy reform, a taboo topic in Thailand. A slip of the tongue on the subject can land you in jail with a lèse majesté charge for insulting or defaming the Thai Monarchy.

Protesters have been pushing for the country to change from the “Kingdom of Thailand” to the “Republic of Thailand.” Now, Free Youth says Thailand needs to “restart” and become a country where “people reign supreme.”

“A republic is a popular form of government all over the world. It focuses on decentralisation. A ruler must come from a free and fair election, not through the bloodline. There is no blue blood or blood of any other colour but ‘red.’”

The group also included the quote by Thomas Paine: “Since all men are born equal, no man could have the right to establish his family as forever presiding over others”.

But… Prayut says that’s not going to happen.

“Thailand is not a republic. It’s impossible.”

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    Toby Andrews

    Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 12:02 pm

    They will find this new “movement” illegal, no doubt.
    Any group forming to demand democracy to this tyrant and his gang will be declared illegal.
    This is how dictators operate.

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    Fabian

    Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 2:08 pm

    I still hope this is a hoax by the Free Youth movement, especially the logo. But it’s remarkable that the first thing Prayut does is trying to find ways to ban the movement. Soon he’ll be “investigating” if it’s illegal when a Free Youth participant farts.

    He’s like a fish biting the bait? Let’s see..

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    Issan John

    Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 6:48 pm

    A very short-sighted if not stupid move by the Free Youth movement; this will lose them far more supporters than they could ever possibly hope to gain, and discredit anyone associated with them.

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    Mister Stretch

    Friday, December 11, 2020 at 9:18 am

    If they really are spouting the nonsense that sounds like it directly came from Marx, then I’ve lost all respect for the movement.

    Reforming the problems in the government, in regards to the way it practices “democracy” was why they said they went into the streets in the first place. It was an honorable and believable reason.

    This “1% oppressing the 99%” and “the country was built on the back of the workers” smack of Communistic ideology, not reforming a democracy.

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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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27 migrants allegedly disguised as monks arrested on illegal entry charges, Bangkok abbot under investigation

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Immigration police arrested 27 Cambodians for allegedly entering Thailand illegally and impersonating Buddhist monks. Police say the migrants allegedly disguised themselves as Buddhist monks at Wat Talom in Bangkok’s Phasi Charoen district. The temple’s abbot is also under investigation for allegedly assisting and hiding illegal migrants.

Police searched the temple after receiving a tip that hundreds of monks lived in crowded rooms, conditions that officials worry could lead to a cluster of Covid-19 infections.

“We received a tip-off that the temple had several hundred monks living in a crowded space that could become a hotspot for Covid-19… People also reported that some monks from this temple were selling food they received from the public in the morning to merchants at nearby markets for reselling.”

Police asked for identification documents from the more than 200 migrants at the temple. 181 monks from Myanmar, India, Cambodia, Laos and Bangladesh had proper documents, but police say 27 Cambodians had no identification documents. The 27 Cambodians were arrested and charged with illegally entering the country and impersonating Buddhist monks.

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Late night diners rejoice. Your option to eat all that great Thai food around the country looks to be back on the table as the government looks to lift some of the current restrictions on dining and business operating hours. Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul has announced that they’re likely to lift restrictions on dining, currently set at 9pm, by the end of this week.

The Thai Restaurant Association have been lobbying hard for an extension of the opening times for in-restaurant dining times to at least 11pm.

The CCSA will gather on Friday to assess the current Covid-19 situation and decide if the extension is viable at this time. But the Public Health Minister maintained that alcohol will still be prohibited and other precautions like hand-sanitisers at entry points and social distancing will still need to be strictly applied.

Speaking to Bangkok Post, Anutin said the alcohol ban must remain in place for now.

“If violations of the alcoholic beverage-drinking ban are found at any restaurants, they can’t simply get away with claiming that it was their customers who brought the alcohol to drink at the restaurants because the ban applies to ‘alcohol drinking’ at restaurants in particular, not only alcohol selling or serving.”

Meanwhile, PM Prayut Chan-o-cha says the easing of various restrictions around the country will be looked at on a case-by-case basis depending on the outbreak situation in each area. The early clusters in the four eastern coastal provinces of Chanthaburi, Chon Buri, Rayong and Trat, for example, appears to have eased and the local governors are pleading with the government for some relief from the strict restrictions on their provinces. Chon Buri has had a run of days over the past week where there has been no new Covid infections reported to the CCSA.

Yesterday there was a surge of new cases uncovered by a strategic track and trace program in Samut Sakhon, but the government says it will base its decision to ease restrictions around the county on the overall outbreak situation province by province. Provincial governors have also been given powers to add or modify national restrictions, a different situation from the April and May 2020 ‘lockdowns’ which were much more restrictive.

959 new Covid-19 infections were announced yesterday, 844 of them were found through the track and trace operations in Samut Sakhon, the ground zero for Thailand’s latest outbreak which kicked off 5 weeks ago and has now spread to most provinces.

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The birthday party of Techin Ploypetch, better known as “DJ Matoom”, is now considered a super-spreader source of Covid-19, with 19 people already found infected after attending the event. According the CCSA spokesperson during the daily briefing today, “Transmissions in Bangkok should be highlighted. They show the possibility of a person becoming a super-spreader”.

The birth of the super spreader birthday party started with a guest to the DJ’s party who had visited a well-known entertainment venue in Chiang Mai between January 1 and 4. He sought a Covid-19 test on January 5 following news that infected people had visited the pub, but tested negative. He should have self quarantined for 14 days, but he still flew to Bangkok and then attended the DJ celebrity’s birthday party on January 9.

DJ Matoom says he met the guest, one of his friend, on January 9, but that friend didn’t know he was infected until January 19 in which he told Matoom.

According to Dr Tanarak Plipat, now acting inspector-general of the Public Health Ministry, an infected person can transmit disease to two others on average, while a “super spreader” will transmit to multiple people.

DJ Matoom and the party’s guest were criticised of violating the disease control measures.

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