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Protester arrests after emergency decree “unjustified,” Amnesty International says – VIDEO

Caitlin Ashworth

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The State of Emergency imposed in Bangkok at 4am this morning, banning public gatherings and leading to the arrests of at least 20 people, is a “vague, drastic order that will lead to more people unfairly arrested, detained and prosecuted,” according to an official from the human rights group Amnesty International.

The emergency decree broke up a pro-democracy demonstration intended to go on for days outside the Government House in Bangkok. Activists started yesterday morning at the Democracy Monument, but the protest route happened to be the same route as the HM the King’s motorcade, causing complications and a clash between the pro-democracy protesters and the royal supporters.

Under the order, people are also prohibited from sharing information that “could create fear.” Amnesty International’s deputy regional director for campaigns, Ming Yu Hah, calls it a “vague” and “drastic,” leading to what he calls “unjustified” arrests.

“The scale of today’s early morning arrests seems unjustified based on yesterday’s events. The assemblies were overwhelmingly peaceful. These moves are clearly designed to stamp out dissent, and sow fear in anyone who sympathises with the protesters’ views.”

Despite the emergency decree and the recent arrests, activists made plans to gather today at Bangkok’s Rathchaprasong intersection. Ming urges Thai authorities to engage in constructive dialogue with the protesters.

“Instead of ruling by decree and mass arrests, the Thai authorities must reverse course.”

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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    Toby Andrews

    Thursday, October 15, 2020 at 4:10 pm

    There needs to be more international condemnation.
    For instance Cambodia has been denied discounts on tariffs on exports to the EU.
    They now have to pay duty as other imposters, due to violation of human rights.
    The EU is allowing imports of 24.883 tonnes of Thai rice, tariff free during October 2020.
    That should be cancelled, as it was for Cambodia, because of violation of human rights.
    In addition, Thai airways should be banned from the EU. They owe B24 billion in refunds for passenger tickets, with a lot of refunds being to EU citizens.
    I believe the Thai government own much of Thai airways. They are liable.
    All government politicians should be banned from entering the EU for human rights violations.
    Let them be denied access to their property, as the deny access to property of EU nationals.
    The best way to kill a snake is to cut off its head.

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      patty

      Thursday, October 15, 2020 at 4:26 pm

      Agreed Toby. The EU and The US and even Australia, need to put sanctions on Thailand as long as the moron known as Prayut is in charge. Sanctions on exports and trades, basically as much as they can to show them that this kind of behavior and oppressing people’s rights and being a dictator is unacceptable. Very tired of seeing this clown abusing his power for personal gains or for any other reasons. time for the junta to go!!

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      Fabian

      Thursday, October 15, 2020 at 6:07 pm

      Human Rights Watch says : The police have prevented lawyers from ‘Thai Lawyers for Human Rights’ from meeting with the arrested activists.

      And: the new emergency measures allows police to detain the protesters without charge for up to 30 days with no access to lawyers or family.

      Immoral shameful government

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    #TLM

    Saturday, October 17, 2020 at 3:22 pm

    Amen. Toby! From your lips to Buddhas ears.
    The US is a major hypocrite in this activity.
    They were quick top condemn China for Hong Kong, but with Thailand… crickets.
    It makes me wonder what back room deals are being considered…..CIA support if Thailand gets on its knees and crawls away from China????
    If Thailand Meets the demands of the protesters all is done…..just like that.
    But they would all have to learn to live without the extra baht…..
    Foreign investors are turning away, protesters are too smart for the government….the end does not look good …..Economic disaster is on the way!

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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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Health officials race to vaccinate 70% of Khlong Toey slum residents

Tanutam Thawan

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Photo via Facebook/กรุงเทพมหานคร โดยสำนักงานประชาสัมพันธ์

Health officials are racing to vaccinate 70% of residents in Bangkok’s Khlong Toey neighbourhood, the largest slum in the city where hundreds have tested positive for Covid-19 since April. With people living in crowded conditions and many unable to take off work to self-isolate, Thai authorities have been rolling out proactive Covid-19 testing and a mass vaccination campaign in an effort to contain the virus.

A third vaccination unit has been set up in the district at the Port Authority Stadium, adding to the units at Tesco Lotus Rama IV and Wat Khlong Toey School. Around 50,000 of the 80,000 residents in the Khlong Toey slum need to be vaccinated against the coronavirus to reach herd immunity, according to Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang.

As of Sunday, 11,211 people had been vaccinated at the mobile units and each vaccination unit has been handing out 1,000 queue cards each day. With the third vaccination unit, city officials plan to inoculate 2,500 to 3,000 people per day until May 19.

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration launched a proactive testing campaign on April 27 in the Khlong Toey district. Since then, 19,983 people have been tested with 654 people positive for Covid-19. 5,700 people are waiting for the results to come back and the others are negative.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

 

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Monday Covid UPDATE: 1,630 new cases and 22 deaths

Tim Newton

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Monday’s totals have been announced for Covid-19 infections and new deaths over the past 24 hours. The Thai public health ministry reports 22 deaths and 1,630 infections.

• The only 5 imported Covid-19 cases yesterday were from neighbouring countries, Cambodia, Malaysia and Myanmar. Authorities say that patrols will have to be stepped up at this time to control the illegal border crossings.

All 5 people caught were Thais who were were trying to cross back into Thailand without going through the border checkpoints. They’ve all been admitted to state hospitals.

• 100+ African gemstone traders have tested positive for Covid-19 over the last 4 days in Chanthaburi, east of Bangkok. Authorities have confirmed that none were detected with the African or Indian variants of Covid-19.

The 109 traders tested positive between May 6 – 9.

• 63 new cases of Covid-19 have been announced in Chon Buri today (including Pattaya), a drop from totals reported over the past week. There’s also been 1 additional death reported. 1,507 people remain in medical care for the virus in the province.

• Meanwhile all public service and government offices, including Thai immigration, are closed for Monday. But it’s not a public holiday. Today is the Royal Ploughing Ceremony which is a traditional ceremony to forecast the season’s rice and wet season crops. His Majesty the King usually presides over the annual event at the royal parade grounds of Sanam Luang.

 

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9 student nurses experience side effects from Sinovac vaccine

Neill Fronde

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PHOTO: Side effects were felt by 9 nursing students after receiving the Sinovac vaccine. (via Jernej Furman / Flickr)

After receiving the Sinovac vaccine, 9 student nurses at Thammasat University have complained of side effect according to the Facebook page of the Student Organization of Thammasat University. After 88 student nurses received the Chinese-made vaccine on April 23 and May 5, 2 experienced minor side effects of a little pain in the arm they were vaccinated in, while 7 felt substantial reactions including chest pain, muscle pain, dizziness, fatigue, breathing problems, numbness, and facial tics.

One case of severe side effects was a female nursing student with an underlying allergy who felt fatigued immediately after receiving the jab. she felt better an hour later, but was placed under observation. 2 days later she briefly felt that her legs and hands were numb but soon felt better. Later that evening, symptoms strengthened, with eye and facial spasms, dizziness, fatigue, and weakness in her hands.

She visited a doctor twice for the side effects and the first time was given sleeping pills and vitamin B, but the second time after a blood test, doctors concluded that the symptoms were unrelated to the Sinovac vaccine. She had been previously prescribed Clonazepam, and that prescription was changed to Pyridostigmine.

The remaining more severe side effect sufferers were as follows:

  1. One male nursing student found he had difficulty breathing and dizziness for 3 days after receiving his jab.
  1. A female nursing student reported that just 30 minutes after receiving the injection she felt shortness of breath and the next day had some numbness in her body.
  1. 14 hours after receiving the jab, a female nursing student said that she felt side effects of fatigued and had trouble breathing and had to use pillows to help her breathing difficulties.
  1. Another female student felt muscle pain and dizziness the next day after receiving the vaccine.
  1. A female student ended up receiving Vitamin B and Amitriptyline from a doctor for her side effects. She reported to initially feel something in her arm and hand where she was injected, and then numbness in her left leg and in her fingertips on both hands.
  1. For the 3 days following her inoculation, the last female nursing student had side effects of chest pains and shortness of breath.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

 

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