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Protest leader calls on rally “guards” to refrain from violence

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Prominent human rights lawyer and protest leader, Anon Nampa, is calling on guards at anti-government rallies to remain peaceful. He says that getting violent will only harm the movement and play into the hands of the government. According to a Bangkok Post report, Anon credits his next door neighbour in Chiang Mai for the advice.

“Last night, while I drank alcohol, which an aunt next door brought me to go with barbecued pork, we discussed a wide range of political topics. She said if guards on the front line stick to a peaceful approach and do not break ranks, we will win. I slept on it and agreed. The front line, which the dictatorship wants to de-legitimise, is guards. If our guards break ranks and get involved in clashes or do anything that appears to be violent, this will deal a blow to the entire movement. On the contrary, if guards remain calm and use peaceful means, we will win.”

His comments come as Bangkok police say they are continuing investigations after a smoke bomb was allegedly thrown at officers at a rally on Sunday. However, the leader of the We Volunteer group, Piyarat Chongthep, claims smoke bombs were used to defend protesters against the high power water cannons deployed by police.

Meanwhile, the People’s Movement has issued an apology following an incident in Pattaya, on Sunday night, in which an irate protester head-butted a Russian man who was watching on with his daughter and wife. The protester, named as Narathiwat Khamma and also known as “Kane” or “Ken”, has been released from custody on 10,000 baht bail, but faces criminal charges.

PM Prayut Chan-o-cha has weighed in on the latest developments, warning both sides to refrain from violence and pointing out that the attack on the Russian man has damaged Thailand’s reputation.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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  1. Chan o Cho Cha’s comment that head butting the Russian has damaged Thailand’s reputation, is similar to the report of a London gangster that sued a newspaper, claiming the newspaper damaged his good reputation.
    The judge ruled he did not have a good reputation to damage.
    Thailand is fast approaching that gangster’s level of reputation.

    1. So that’s why you left Thailand? Not because they wouldn’t extend your visa, so you had to run off to Cambodia instead where there’s definitely “no good reputation to damage” and it’s been run by the same gangster for the last 35 years?

      1. No I did not apply to extend my visa in Thailand.
        I ran off to Cambodia because they shut the bars in Thailand, and I guessed what the idiot Thais would do next, curfews, alcohol bans, no walking on the beach, no standing together, emergency powers, which means basically they can do what they want!
        And as gangsters go, Cambodia gangsters are a much better class of gangsters than the Thailand gangsters.
        Nothing has been banned here, and not one death from the virus . . .

    1. It’s not only the attack on the Russian fellow. Locals in Phuket have also incited physical assault on foreigners via facebook et al and government officials describing foreigners as dirty etc. It’s a disingenuous marketing strategy they carry out at present. Add on top of that the overcharging on transportation, hotel accommodation, FnB, national parks etc etc. If this happened to a Thai overseas, they would cry foul and play the racism card immediately.

      1. But it happens to Asians “overseas” all the time, as it does to all who obviously aren’t locals!

        Pretending it doesn’t and this is some form of isolated Thai phenomena is as disingenuous as it is absurd.

        1. Oh. That’s a very ambitious claim. I guess you have proof? We are all waiting in patience to hear where not only Asians but also other foreigners are overcharged and where it is publicly enforced as well eg national parks etc.

        2. Where does it happen to Asians overseas exactly? i travelled a lot in the Uk Northern Ireland and the European continent and USA with my Thai wife not once was she ever singled out as an Asian, as i would be here in Thailand so as said where does it happen? or is it one of your usual ridiculous statements!

  2. Latest news, Anon Nampa resigns and hands over his role as a leader to his aunt next door.
    His aunt next door is traveling to the next protest with a stall to sell barbequed port to the police.
    She stated: A well fed policeman is less likely to whack a protestor over the head with a baton.

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  1. Chan o Cho Cha’s comment that head butting the Russian has damaged Thailand’s reputation, is similar to the report of a London gangster that sued a newspaper, claiming the newspaper damaged his good reputation.
    The judge ruled he did not have a good reputation to damage.
    Thailand is fast approaching that gangster’s level of reputation.

    1. So that’s why you left Thailand? Not because they wouldn’t extend your visa, so you had to run off to Cambodia instead where there’s definitely “no good reputation to damage” and it’s been run by the same gangster for the last 35 years?

      1. No I did not apply to extend my visa in Thailand.
        I ran off to Cambodia because they shut the bars in Thailand, and I guessed what the idiot Thais would do next, curfews, alcohol bans, no walking on the beach, no standing together, emergency powers, which means basically they can do what they want!
        And as gangsters go, Cambodia gangsters are a much better class of gangsters than the Thailand gangsters.
        Nothing has been banned here, and not one death from the virus . . .

    1. It’s not only the attack on the Russian fellow. Locals in Phuket have also incited physical assault on foreigners via facebook et al and government officials describing foreigners as dirty etc. It’s a disingenuous marketing strategy they carry out at present. Add on top of that the overcharging on transportation, hotel accommodation, FnB, national parks etc etc. If this happened to a Thai overseas, they would cry foul and play the racism card immediately.

      1. But it happens to Asians “overseas” all the time, as it does to all who obviously aren’t locals!

        Pretending it doesn’t and this is some form of isolated Thai phenomena is as disingenuous as it is absurd.

        1. Oh. That’s a very ambitious claim. I guess you have proof? We are all waiting in patience to hear where not only Asians but also other foreigners are overcharged and where it is publicly enforced as well eg national parks etc.

        2. Where does it happen to Asians overseas exactly? i travelled a lot in the Uk Northern Ireland and the European continent and USA with my Thai wife not once was she ever singled out as an Asian, as i would be here in Thailand so as said where does it happen? or is it one of your usual ridiculous statements!

  2. Latest news, Anon Nampa resigns and hands over his role as a leader to his aunt next door.
    His aunt next door is traveling to the next protest with a stall to sell barbequed port to the police.
    She stated: A well fed policeman is less likely to whack a protestor over the head with a baton.

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