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PM threatens protesters with full force of the law if unrest continues to escalate

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Thai PM Prayut Chan-o-cha has warned pro-democracy protesters that they face the full force of the law if ongoing political rallies continue to escalate. On Tuesday, thousands of anti-government protesters gathered outside the Parliament building, where MPs and senators were voting on draft amendments to the constitution. A draft submitted by human rights group iLaw, with the backing of 100,000 signatures, was rejected on its first reading, leading to condemnation from pro-democracy groups and more protests the following day.

Riot police used water cannons and tear gas in an attempt to stop protesters from reaching the Parliament building and violent clashes broke out between pro and anti-establishment groups. At least 55 people were injured, including 6 people who were shot, according to medical attendees.

Anti-government protests have been taking place around the country since mid-July, with the largest taking place in the capital, as pro-democracy groups push for charge. They have 3 key demands, which are the resignation of the PM, the dissolution of Parliament, and reform of the Monarchy. Counter rallies have also been staged by Royalists and pro-government protesters.

The PM insists the government has attempted to resolve the situation through peaceful means, accusing protesters of not co-operating. He says the authorities have dealt with protests lawfully, but the situation is now worsening and tending towards violence. He adds that the ongoing unrest risks undermining the national interest and the Monarchy, as well as being a risk to the safety of people and property. He concludes that the government and other authorities have no option but to use the full force of the law against those who break it.

For their part, activists say a proposed reconciliation committee will do nothing to address the issues that matter and is merely a way of helping the PM cling on to power. They have vowed to press on with protest action until their demands are met.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

 

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    Ynwaps

    Friday, November 20, 2020 at 9:47 am

    That’s the end then. Good bye o chan o chan

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    Gosport

    Friday, November 20, 2020 at 9:55 am

    Should have done it already. Lock rioters after the two parties are tired of clawing.

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      Preesy Chepuce

      Saturday, November 21, 2020 at 5:37 am

      Putting half the country in jail isn’t going to help the economy.

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    Denis

    Friday, November 20, 2020 at 10:22 am

    This situation, which could have been negotiated around a table, was deliberately stirred up by the few leaders of the protest, working for other foreign sponsors.

    It was already very inappropriate (but deliberately calculated) to launch these requests for change in the midst of a health crisis. But, in addition, the requests are of such nature that they could only result in theft. It was all premeditated.

    The outcome was predictable and will likely result in death and injury. These poor students will have been completely manipulated by people who will know how to take shelter when the time comes.

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      Fabian

      Friday, November 20, 2020 at 10:29 am

      Tony Cartalucci, is it you again? Or Angelo Giuliano? lol

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      Michael

      Friday, November 20, 2020 at 10:43 am

      Foreign sponsors? Where do you get your news from? The only source about this conspiracy I saw was something from the Chinese government.

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        Buttaxe

        Friday, November 20, 2020 at 12:35 pm

        Following the doctrine of FSD (Full Spectrum Dominance), the US has vassals or victims – tow the line, as its vassals (UK, Japan, Australia…) do and they leave you alone, mostly. Deviate and they will harm and seek to overthrow you – Russia, Iran, Syria, Venezuela… The US’s big enemy du jour is China, this Thai government is too close to China for its liking. The protests are genuine – unlike Hong Kong, Ukraine to name but two; but the US is no doubt fanning the flames. If you find this outlandish, you’re geopolitically naive – read Confessions of an Economic Hitman as a starter.

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          Fabian

          Friday, November 20, 2020 at 12:51 pm

          Aaah Tony Cartalucci, it must be you again with your vassals and geopolitics. Why don’t you just use your real name? Be a little transparent.

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          Denis

          Friday, November 20, 2020 at 1:08 pm

          @Buttaxe
          Thank you for this excellent analyse. I go further than you.
          I’m sure the US is behind this mess, with the help of some local politicians who dream of turning Thailand into a big business casino. The China-Thailand economic bloc is a thorn in the side of the USA, which is weakening month after month.

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            Fabian

            Friday, November 20, 2020 at 1:24 pm

            Excellent analysis because you are Buttaxe? lol..

            I’s all conspiracy crap. Look at China, it’s just another casino. Just one where you can get easily killed if you have an opinion.

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            Preesy Chepuce

            Saturday, November 21, 2020 at 5:42 am

            Denis from Shanghai pretending to debate with Buttaxe from Shanghai, in their CCP bunker! LOL

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          Issan John

          Friday, November 20, 2020 at 2:02 pm

          “The protests are genuine – unlike Hong Kong …” ?????

          What DO you mean?

          The protests are certainly “genuine” in Hong Kong!!! Whether they’re justified and China is any worse as Lord and Master of Hong kong than the UK was is a different matter, but that doesn’t make them any less “genuine”!

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            Preesy Chepuce

            Saturday, November 21, 2020 at 5:45 am

            They are self-evidently CCP stooges posting their dreary fantasies about people resisting CCP oppression. Nobody in the free/developed world buys into their fiction. Watch them litter the comments when there’s an article about Taiwan… they can’t hide their indoctrination.

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          Preesy Chepuce

          Saturday, November 21, 2020 at 5:41 am

          The CCP is the enemy of humanity. It’s actions this year have made its brand truly toxic. Nobody in the developed world wants to deal with them, they can’t be trusted in business or academia. You think Russia, Iran, Syria, Venezuela, and China are beacons of freedom?! LMAO!

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      Gosport

      Friday, November 20, 2020 at 10:52 am

      That is the problem of education, young kids don’t have critical ideas about their own.future. Good luck for them.

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        Fabian

        Friday, November 20, 2020 at 11:23 am

        Yep… they don’t understand yet that they are supposed to behave just like slaves of the system. That’s why we need people like you and Denis. So we can understand we have to obey the filthy leaders.

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        Preesy Chepuce

        Saturday, November 21, 2020 at 5:43 am

        Gosport from Peking, Denis from Peking, Buttaxe from Peking, the three CCP stooges, LMFAO!

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      Galaxy

      Friday, November 20, 2020 at 11:00 am

      These poor students as you call them, even if some manipulations could exist? are looking in front of them for their future which they see really compromised. They don’t need any suggestions coming from outside, they look only at the debts from their family, the food necessary every day, the rental they have to pay (For Prayut it’s not legal, but it’s free)and that’s already too much; That’s why they look in front, and not behind as you do.

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      Jesus Monroe

      Friday, November 20, 2020 at 11:05 am

      Gee Denis do you know people in high places that have passed on this info or is this just something you have read? And if so how exactly do you know it’s not bullshit knowing how much fake news is around these days…….Damn maybe you aren’t even who you say you are. Will the real Denis please stand up….haha

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      Jack

      Friday, November 20, 2020 at 1:23 pm

      Health crisis? So we’re just accept medical martial law and now protest and fight back against these tyrannical regimes? Were just supposed to accept the (in my opinion) fraudulent science?

      I didn’t know over throwing the govt requires a certain level of etiquette.

      Are we supposed to just sit around and do nothing until we broke and going hungry?

      This isn’t even about Thailand, most governments are destroying their own people and the only way to get back or freedom globally, is to take it back with force. All governments need to end, but that’s a discussion for later. You sir are a bootlicker and the protestors should sort you out in quick order. You stupid fascist mongrel.

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      Jack

      Friday, November 20, 2020 at 2:57 pm

      The virus has not hurt anyone, not in comparison to what government policy has done in terms of magnitude of destruction and suffering.

      How about you accept some personal responsibility. If you think the science says it is too dangerous to go out side then you should stay home. But don’t tell me what i can and cannot do.

      The governments of the world have made nearly everything illegal, all the way down to growing and selling vegetables…

      Now do tell me how they help us and keep us safe…

      I hope people like you lose the ability to spout your pro government nonsense..

      At no point should this rant be construed as anti thai govt. It’s not. Its all governments.

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      Preesy Chepuce

      Saturday, November 21, 2020 at 5:39 am

      Denis from Shanghai? Do you really believe that using a western name is going to convince anyone that you’re not a CCP stooge?! We have AI to spot the CCP’s activities online these days, not that it’s needed, it’s pretty transparent. Cracking down on HK during health crisis wasn’t appropriate.

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    Toby Andrews

    Friday, November 20, 2020 at 11:06 am

    Of course this tyrant want protestors using peaceful methods. Peaceful methods from protesters will have him in power for the next five years.
    The citizens will starve. The country will become a pariah state. He and his pals will become very rich looting the country.
    This PM gained power by corruption. He was not elected as an MP, and his pals put in as PM.
    He is also living in an army house which he is not entitled to.
    Violent methods are the only way to be rid of this vile dictator.

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      Issan John

      Friday, November 20, 2020 at 2:09 pm

      “This PM gained power by corruption.”

      Ummmm ….. no ….. he “gained power” by leading a military coup and then kept it by re-writing the constitution so that the Senate he nominated were in a position to choose him as PM!

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    roby

    Friday, November 20, 2020 at 12:01 pm

    Prayet is the man who shot and killed that other general in front of Central World 10 years ago. He is a trained sniper and I would fear him

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      Preesy Chepuce

      Saturday, November 21, 2020 at 5:47 am

      How’s the weather in Tiananmen Square? Must be shivering up there with the icy winds from the Gobi.

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Activist who was denied bail tests positive for Covid-19 in jail

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Activist leader Panupong Jadnok, or Mike, has tested positive for Covid-19 while remaining in jail after the Criminal Court has denied his requests for bail. The news, according to Noraset Nanongtoom, his lawyer, is that now Panupong will ask the Criminal Court to consider a bail request by video conference. If granted, he would be released and able to be admitted to a hospital for Covid-19 treatment.

24 year old Panupong, has been imprisoned since March 8, pending trial on charges related to a pro-democracy rally in Bangkok on September 19-20 of last year. Noraset says he is worried because his client has suffered from asthma for almost 7 years, which indicates he has a pre-existing condition presently with Covid. Thailand’s Department of Corrections announced that thousands of inmates in Bangkok prisons have tested positive for Covid-19. 1,795 inmates at Bangkok Remand Prison are infected, along with 1,040 at the Central Women’s Correctional Institution. At least 8 political prisoners have also tested positive for the virus.

The announcement, over Covid’s presence in prisons, comes after political activist Panusaya Sithijirawattanakul, aka, “Rung”, tested positive for Covid-19 shortly after her release on bail. According to a Coconuts report, she is the eighth activist known to have become infected in prison. She says she knows of at least 50 other infected inmates. The news has prompted Amnesty International to call on the Thai government to reduce unnecessary detentions to prevent the spread of the virus at prisons.

Parit “Penguin” Chiwarak, who staged a 57 day hunger strike, was recently released on May 11, after being denied bail 10 times. The high-profile student activist leader that has been jailed for months, but recently was taken to a hospital for closer monitoring as his condition was reported to be deteriorating. Another student protester, singer Chaiamorn “Ammy the Bottom Blues” Kaewwiboonpan, was also released on the same day. Both activists were being held without bail in Bangkok Remand Prison, charged under Thailand’s strict lèse majesté laws that prohibit anyone from speaking out against the royal family.

As a condition of their bail and release, the activists are barred from taking part in any activities including protesting, organising or giving speeches, that are in any way against Thailand’s royalty. They were made to pledge to respect and not to dishonour the monarchy as a condition of their release. The activist leaders will have to follow a schedule of reporting to the court and are not permitted to leave the country without prior permission.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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“Penguin” publishes letter 1 day after being granted bail, says hunger strike is over

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Parit “Penguin” Chiwarak, a student activist who was charged with violating Section 112 of Thailand’s Criminal Code, or lese majeste, has penned his first letter after being released on bail Tuesday. He calls it “Letter of Freedom,” and says more will come. He published the letter 1 day after being released on bail, or May 12. He has also announced the end to his hunger strike, which lasted for 57 days.

Below, is a translation of the letter, that was published on Thisrupt.

“The 93-day imprisonment and 57-day hunger strike to protest against injustice are now over. Yesterday, the court returned my and Ammy’s right to receive bail, even if there are some bail conditions. It’s self-evident these conditions are meant to obstruct the struggle for democracy. I believe the court is political, and the court must examine whether it stands for justice. In any case, there is now a legal precedent on the right to bail in Article 112 cases. In the past, bail was never granted. Also, I believe this barbaric law should be abolished soon.

I have no issues with the bail conditions because I don’t see how I commit royal defamation. I don’t think there’s defamation when the people speak the truth, whether it’s the demand to abolish Article 112, the request to return royal assets (such as SCB shares), or the call to cancel personal royal armed forces. I don’t see how these things defame the royal institution. If the call for the king to be under the constitution is defamation, then the question becomes: is Thailand a democracy with the king as the head of state or an absolute monarchy?

As such, for me, the struggle for monarchy reform continues.

Regarding the condition barring me from participating in protests that lead to social chaos, I insist I have always upheld peaceful resistance throughout my struggle. Every protest I participated in or organized has been peaceful and without weapons. There have only been nonpeaceful actions by the authorities and government supporters as far as I can see. Therefore, this condition is not an obstacle in my struggle. I am ready to participate in every activity after the current COVID crisis (which occurred because of government incompetence) has passed.

The struggle for democracy continues with strength and conviction. Our struggle is built on the foundation of truth. There is no power greater than truth. Like the stars, truth never dies. No matter which corner of the sky, the stars shine bright, just as the truth. No matter the cage, the torture chamber, or the execution chamber, the truth remains powerful and eternal.

In the immediate step, we must help release others who speak the truth that remains unjustly imprisoned: Lawyer Anon, Brother Mike Rayong, Frank, Natchanon, and others. We who love democracy must continue our struggle to prove speaking the truth is not wrong; lies cannot forever hide the truth.

I am still who I am. I still have faith in the truth. No one can turn back the clock, and soon the wind of change will sweep us into the other side of the sky.

For now, I must rest my body and eat before I march again with my brothers and sisters. I am the same person. I fight for the same ideals. I am more resolute than ever before.

Death to feudalism. Long live the people.

Penguin Parit Chiwarak

12 May 2021 (1 day after freedom)

SOURCE: Thisrupt

 

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Jailed activists Penguin and Ammy finally granted bail

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Parit “Penguin” Chiwarak, the high-profile student activist leader that has been jailed for months, has finally been granted bail after 10 requests. Another student protester champion, singer Chaiamorn “Ammy the Bottom Blues” Kaewwiboonpan, was also released yesterday. Both activists were being held without bail in Bangkok Remand Prison, charged under Thailand’s strict lèse majesté laws that prohibit anyone from speaking out against the royal family.

As a condition of their bail and release, the activists are barred from taking part in any activities including protesting, organising or giving speeches, that are in any way against Thailand’s royalty. They were made to pledge to respect and not to dishonour the monarchy as a condition of their release. The activist leaders will have to follow a schedule of reporting to the court and are not permitted to leave the country without prior permission.

According to the Court’s ruling, the nature of their cases had changed since this was the first time that they agreed to the conditions silencing them from further protesting. Public prosecutors then saw no reason to oppose bail for the activists. Panusaya “Rung” Sithijirawattanakul, another influential student activist that had been on a hunger strike in prison with Penguin, was released last week as well.

Penguin has been held since February 9, with his mother advocating for his release with growing desperation after 9 previous bail denials for the activist. He spent 93 days in custody and launched a 59-day hunger strike that saw him recently hospitalised and needing emergency assistance. His bail was 200,000 baht for each of two charges against him, one for the Mob Fest and one for the Ratsadon plaque incident. His release is precarious though as more than 20 previously unprosecuted charges of defamation against the royal family could technically see him re-arrested at any point.

Ammy had been in jail since the beginning of March for 70 days pending trial for both arson and the lèse majesté charges. He received bail of 50,000 baht for the Ratsadon plaque incident, but his main infraction was being accused of setting a portrait of the royal family on fire at Khlong Prem Central Prison in Bangkok on February 28, for which bail was set for 200,000 baht.

A third activist, Panupong “Mike Rayong” Jadnok, had to have his bail hearing postponed yesterday to be retested for Covid-19 after having been in close contact with Arnon Nampa, a jailed activist lawyer who contracted Covid-19 in prison. Though testing negative for the Coronavirus last week, a second test was required before he would be allowed to be released.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News and Bangkok Post

 

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