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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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    Toby Andrews

    November 11, 2020 at 9:37 am

    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.

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      Issan John

      November 11, 2020 at 1:37 pm

      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?

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        Toby Andrews

        November 11, 2020 at 2:26 pm

        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 . . .

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    D

    November 11, 2020 at 9:49 am

    Peaceful protests won’t change a thing.

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      Gordons233

      November 11, 2020 at 10:38 am

      Mahatma Gandhi?

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      Kim

      November 11, 2020 at 1:31 pm

      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.

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        Issan John

        November 11, 2020 at 1:42 pm

        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.

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          Kim

          November 11, 2020 at 4:16 pm

          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.

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          maxcorrigan

          November 11, 2020 at 7:55 pm

          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!

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          maxcorrigan

          November 11, 2020 at 8:03 pm

          Exactky where does it happen to Asians Overseas then?

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    Toby Andrews

    November 11, 2020 at 1:06 pm

    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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Fit for the end of a 4 day long weekend, the protest road show headed west yesterday, to a far western district of Bangkok in Tawichai Wattana, an hour’s drive from the city centre. It turned into more of a festival than a political rally where up to 2,000 people gathered. A similar rally was held at the same location by then pro-government, pro-Thaksin, red-shirts one month before the May 2014 Army coup.

The deputy commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Bureau says that the Salaya Student group had sought permission from Bang Plad police to hold the rally along the Aksa and Utthayarn Soi 13 roads.

Protesters on the main stage, led by the Ratsadon (People’s Movement) and Salaya Student groups, once repeated their demands for the resignation of Thai PM Prayut Chan-o-cha, changes to the 2017 constitutional and reforms to the role of the Monarchy.

Many of the demonstrators were former members of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship displaying coffins to commemorate protesters killed in rallies of the past. But, boosting the atmosphere, were comedians and people in costumes providing hidden anti-establishment digs at the current government and monarchy to avoid ‘crossing the line’.

Police were on hand to guard the nearby Thawi Watthana Palace demanding protesters stay at least 150 metres away. A second protest was held back in the main city from midday until 7pm near the Democracy Monument, by a smaller pro-democracy group.

Pro-democracy protester organisers have already announced another rally this Wednesday in front of the Crown Property Bureau building, the quasi-government agency responsible for managing the property of the Thai Monarch.

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Jurassic Park meets Bangkok politics. Some students attending yesterday’s Bad Student protest in Bangkok dressed in dinosaur costumes to represent Thailand’s establishment. The high school-aged students are joining in the calls for the Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to resign and reform of the Thai monarchy. They are also demanding reform of Thailand’s education system and an end to sexual abuse and harassment from the teachers and school officials.

Inflatable plastic meteors, proclaiming the end of the dinosaur age bounced over the heads of the protesters, a few dressed in Tyranasaurus Rex costumes, as they danced to anti-government rap songs, organised by the Bad Students. They claim the the country’s education system elevates rote learning and unquestioning deference to Thailand’s strict hierarchy instead of critical thinking.

“The dinosaurs are these government officials who have decision-making power over our lives.”

It was the first large protest since the PM announced last Thursday that “police would use all laws against protesters”. The protests – their demands and their sheer scope – are a major challenge to the “establishment” which runs Thailand, in the form of a quasi-democratic government under an unelected Head of State.

“We represent the meteorites crushing the dinosaurs to extinction.”

Leaders of the Bad Student movement were formerly summoned on Friday over charges related to previous protests. Police announced Saturday’s demonstration could go ahead after the Bad Student movement made a formal application to run the event.

The students have been demanding greater freedom and fairer treatment within an education system they say is archaic and aimed primarily at inculcating obedience under a ‘rote’ style system. They have been demanding greater gender equality in the system and a modernisation of the hair and dress codes.

The Education Minister announced a revision of the Thai school codes that would allow greater flexibility in many areas, including the dress and hair codes. But his announcement also said that local schools could use their own discretion to administer the codes.

“I have been sexually abused by teachers. School is not a safe place.”

The students were careful about direct references to the monarchy, unlike the main protests have been far more outspoken about the issue and incurring the wrath of Royalists and pro-establishment supporters.

PM Prayut has consistently rejecting the demand of protesters, including his resignation, and their accusations that he rigged the March 2019 election to keep his hands on the levers of government, seized in a military coup in 2014.

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Protest leaders of The Ratsadon (People’s Movement) group are threatening to escalate the rallies if authorities interfere with an upcoming rally at the Crown Property Bureau in Bangkok this Wednesday. The anti-government group named Dao Din, which is part of the wider Ratsadon group, has voiced its opposition to parliament’s rejection of the charter amendment bill proposed by iLaw, a Thai human rights NGO. The bill, which was a proposal to amend the Thai constitution, had almost 100,000 signatures of support. It was rejected at the first reading last Wednesday.

Panupong Sritananuwat, a member of the Dao Din group, says the group will take part in the upcoming anti-government protests on Wednesday and further denounced the government’s use of force to disperse the rallies that took place on November 17. As a whole, the group is vowing to continue its protests until PM Prayut resigns and the charter is amended. On current form, neither are likely to occur.

Yesterday, protest leader Parit “Penguin” Chiwarak posted on his Facebook page, urging demonstrators to gather at Aksa Road in Bangkok today at 4pm, after yesterday’s “Bad Student” activists held a rally underneath the Siam BTS Skytrain station in Bangkok, after shifting from the proposed destination of the Ratchaprasong intersection. That rally featured T Rex dinosaur costumes as the students painted government officials as “dinosaurs” or “old-guard politicians”.

The protests yesterday marked a refusal to cooperate with the government’s wishes as 2 students, who were minors, were summoned by police for violating the emergency decree law. The “Bad Student” group did notify authorities of the protest, who then prohibited the group from moving to other locations. However, due to rain, the group moved under the BTS Siam Skytrain station.

Deputy police spokesman Kissana Phathanacharoen said the group was given permission to demonstrate but the police would not tolerate signs featuring words that caused “hatred and division” in society. So far, the groups have not backed down for the upcoming protests on Wednesday, despite PM Prayut issuing a lese majeste warningfor the demonstrators. Reform of the Thai monarchy is one of the core demands in the current spate of protests.

The protest on Wednesday at the Crown Property Bureau come after the HM the King controversially took ownership of the palace fortune which is under the Bureau, shortly after his coronation.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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