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The latest round of protests took a violent turn last night when more than 400 police resorted to aiming high-powered water cannons directly at the students who were assembled in an otherwise peaceful display of unity. The protesters, mostly secondary and tertiary students, and young Thai adults, continued their demands for the release of their fellow protesters who had been arrested in the past days, as well as continuing to hammer home their demands for a change of government and constitutional reform.

The protesters held fast, brandishing the 3 finger salute, and yelled at police to stop harassing them.

It was an end to the third straight day of protests that are now growing in number, with the students showing that they’re prepared to also grow in resolve. The messy end to last night’s protest came around 8pm when riot police, and hundreds of unarmed support police, challenged the protest frontline at the Pathumwan intersection and moved forward with shields and batons, and a back up of high-powered water cannons aiming blue water and knocking over the protesters in their way, whose only weapon were flimsy umbrellas.

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Many of the protesters complained that the blue water stung their eyes.

As protest leaders called an end to the evening’s protest, another protest was announced for today at a location yet to be announced.

Last night’s fracas was live streamed by hundreds of people, despite police threatening attending media not to take photos or video any of the events taking place. Streaming numbers on some of the feeds have already reached 500,000+

Some protesters, angered by the intervention, chased police, throwing anything they could find at them, screaming at them to “stop harassing us”.

There have been reports of up to 6 police being injured during the confrontation. Protest leaders say that 13 of the demonstrators have been injured. There has been no announcement of the number of protesters being arrested at this stage.

Bangkok is under a State of Emergency which prevents, among other things, the assembly of more than 5 people in one place. Today the Thai PM announced that the State of Emergency would last at least one month.

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    rr

    October 16, 2020 at 11:36 pm

    Don’t let the protest fade!

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      Robert K Choate

      October 17, 2020 at 9:35 am

      First as Students your supposed to be smart and you should have known this was coming.
      Your asking for to much, now if you lower your expiation we’re lowering just a little you might acomplish some real important change.
      Go after graft, people taking advantage of the entire country scamming tax dollars for their gain. Citizens will back you from all over the country.
      Go after the former heads of Thai Airlines everyone profited but the people of Thailand.
      Don’t fight the Government get them to help you protest once a week over matters like this and change will come slowly but surely and then your really helping all of Thailand.
      Right now the farmers in Northern Thailand are thinking your wrong doing all of this protesting get them on your side.

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        Issan John

        October 17, 2020 at 4:03 pm

        Really?

        They support Tu, and the yellow shirts?

        Not so sure about that …..

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        Jim

        October 17, 2020 at 7:59 pm

        Dude. You’re and your. Learn the difference, please.

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          Luke

          October 18, 2020 at 12:09 am

          To and too as well

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    Jowen

    October 16, 2020 at 11:52 pm

    Here we go again… So similar about the corruption in Hong Kong 🇭🇰 Be safe Thailand 🇹🇭

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      Issan John

      October 17, 2020 at 1:41 am

      “the corruption in Hong Kong” ?????

      The protests in Hong Kong had nothing to do with ‘corruption”.

      Unbelievable.

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      Eddie

      October 17, 2020 at 7:23 am

      Exactly. We protest because of tge influence of China and the extradition bill. Not corruption.

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    Fabian

    October 17, 2020 at 2:03 am

    The Thai police officer operating that night are a bunch of cowards who chose the wrong side of a heartless dictator. Even elderly and children got detained. I really hope that Prayut is going to pay for this.

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      Issan John

      October 17, 2020 at 4:21 pm

      I think the police, at least so far, are showing considerable restraint and tolerance, if not sympathy, compared to similar previous protests both in Thailand and elsewhere.

      The one thing the protesters shouldn’t do is take out their frustrations on the police who are in a thankless position whatever they do, and so far I think both sides on the ground have had the sense to realise that.

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    albert zweistein

    October 17, 2020 at 3:12 am

    ” Despite police threatening attending media not to take photos or video any of the events ” Kim Jung Un style ?

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    Tony Grace

    October 17, 2020 at 3:46 am

    Just spoke to a friend in Chang Mai saw somet very unusual to night .The old lady that sells the buns on the street by bar that we use when I visit a very plesant lady always frindely and happy smile poped in to see what was happening in Bangkok water cannon and tear gas been deployed at the people.she shouted at the tv to the police I swerve I saw fire in her eyes he said, This mañs time is up she muttered when leaving he asked a bar lady what she was muttering about

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    James Pate

    October 17, 2020 at 4:34 am

    Oh crap! Things just escalated! I had really hoped no one would get hurt. Perhaps it would be wise for everyone (all sides) to just take one step back for awhile.

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    Freedom Lover

    October 17, 2020 at 6:35 am

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

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    brian

    October 17, 2020 at 7:57 am

    Banning the future forward party was a big mistake, and the PM has the nerve to claim he’s done nothing wrong

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    Gosport

    October 17, 2020 at 8:41 am

    Very positive and determined action to snap the riots which will cause the upheaval of society or I Can Breathe division in society. These rioters use pandemic to create fears because of economic losses of the containment of the virus. Poor pupils! think with your own brain!

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      Fabian

      October 17, 2020 at 9:47 am

      Thinking with their own brains… that’s exactly what they do. You could from them.

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      Issan John

      October 17, 2020 at 4:09 pm

      Their movement has covered too many issues, from democracy to the monarchy, from LGBT to women’s rights, but the one thing that hasn’t even had a mention has been the pandemic and any economic losses from its containment.

      That, quite rightly, isn’t an issue.

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    Geoff

    October 17, 2020 at 8:49 am

    The vast majority of last night’s crowds were young, mainly males. Students or not, I don’t know, but they are going to need a more representative cross section of society in order to get anywhere. If the mothers, fathers and grandparents don’t bother, then this will go nowhere.

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      Issan John

      October 17, 2020 at 4:15 pm

      Actually no shortage of women and girls, too, including the leaders.

      It’s horses for courses, though – at the moment this is primarily a student-based movement, but that’s probably as much due to the stage it’s at as much as anything else.

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      Luke

      October 18, 2020 at 12:13 am

      BBC News – How many people does it take to oust a political leader?
      https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/stories-54142487

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    Elisha

    October 17, 2020 at 4:36 pm

    Not necessarily Geoff. The young people are the ones whose futures appear to them as most affected by current repressive government forces. Education will be diminished into pure indoctrination and future hopes ruined if there’s no democracy in society. Other historic examples show that movements broaden with time. Take the case of Women Sufragettes in England a century ago. They won the case and wider society came to support the cause. Nowadays, if anyone said women shouldn’t be allowed to vote, people would laugh in their face. or dismiss them as idiots unworthy of comment. Still it started from a small group with courage.

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Police arrested an Argentinian man for growing cannabis at his house in Samut Prakan, just southeast of Bangkok. 35 year old Sagas Nur told police he planned to produce cannabis oil.

Medical marijuana is legalised – with limitations – while recreational marijuana is still classified as a category 5 narcotic. Sagas is facing charges of producing a category 5 narcotic. He could face 2 to 15 years in prison and a fine of up to 1,500,000 baht.

Police were tipped off about Sagas’ alleged growing operation. They searched the house and say they found 108 cannabis plants that were about 1.5 metre high. Sagas allegedly told police he bought the seeds online with the intention to grow plants and then produce cannabis oil.

Thailand legalised medical marijuana in 2018, becoming the first country in Southeast Asia to do so. Recreational marijuana trafficking and operations continue to be busted by police while the government studies medical marijuana with plans to tap into the global market. The Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul even helped plant cannabis seedlings at a government-run facility with 1,300 plants.

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Opposition MPs petition for Bangkok State of Emergency to be lifted

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A group of opposition MPs and other activists will today petition to have the emergency decree currently in force in Bangkok revoked. Thai PM Prayut Chan-o-cha imposed the state of emergency last Thursday morning, in the wake of escalating political unrest in the capital. Now a number of Pheu Thai MPs and other opponents of the State of Emergency are calling on the Civil Court to retract it.

Last weeks declaration was “rubber stamped” the next day by an emergency meeting of the Thai cabinet.

One of those petitioning for the state of emergency to be rescinded, is the President of the Lawyers’ Association of Thailand, Narinphong Jinaphak. He says enforcement of the decree is illegal and that there is nothing to justify it, pointing out that political rallies have been peaceful, and protesters have acted within the confines of the law. He also points out that the Thai Constitution guarantees citizens the right to assemble.

Meanwhile, the Bangkok Post reports that Cholnan Srikaew, Pheu Thai MP for the northern province of Nan, has described the PM’s announcement of the State of Emergency in the early hours of last Thursday as illegitimate. He adds that should the court decide the state of emergency is unlawful, the group may sue the government for having declared it.

The group is also petitioning for an interim injunction, to prevent authorities from using the emergency decree against protesters, while the court considers whether to revoke it altogether.

Meanwhile, national police chief, Suwat Jangyodsuk, says officers are still under orders to avoid the use of force when dealing with protesters, in order to protect them and the general public. He denies that water cannons used to disperse a protest in Bangkok on Friday contained chemical substances known to cause irritation.

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The visitors are said to be travelling on the new Special Tourist Visa, which allows a 90 day stay that can be renewed twice, adding up to about 9 months. But the tourists departing from Shanghai, China and arriving in Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport this evening will only be in Thailand for 30 days, and that includes a 14 day quarantine, Tourism Authority of Thailand Governor Yuthasak Supasorn says.

Plans under the new scheme have been sketchy to say the least and reports have been conflicting. Reports circulated about a group of about 120 to 150 tourists under the new visa scheduled to arrive in Phuket earlier this month from Guangzhou, China. The flight was delayed. A few days later, a spokesperson from the Foreign Ministry announced no one from Guangzhou had actually applied for the visa and TAT just passed off a list of those “interested” in the scheme rather than those who were ready to fly.

Things seem a bit sketchy again. The flight arriving today was at first going to have 120 to 150 tourists, but now it’s down to 41, according to Pattaya News. Yuthasak did not say why only a limited number of tourists are arriving today, but says Bangkok’s ongoing protests are not a factor, adding that the tourists plan to travel to beaches outside the city once the mandatory quarantine period is over. He says 100 more Chinese tourists will arrive in Bangkok later this week.

Upon arrival, the tourists will be tested for Covid-19 and are required to register with a Covid-19 tracking application. They will then be transferred to certified quarantine accommodations to stay for the next 14 days.

“If the first batch of Chinese tourists is considered to be potentially successful, TAT might propose the idea of increasing more tourists to the CCSA (Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration) and the government.”

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