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Protesters advise police of plan for today’s Bangkok rally, several routes affected

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The pro-democracy group, “Bad Students”, has formally submitted details of today’s rally to officers at Chanasongkram Police Station in Bangkok. Posting on its Facebook page, the group says it has advised police of its plans to assemble in front of the Education Ministry on Ratchadamnoen Road at 1pm today, before marching to the Democracy Monument. There, the group will join the “Mob Fest” event being organised by other pro-democracy groups, including Women for Freedom and Democracy.

Bad Students is one of the core groups of demonstrators who have been taking to the nation’s streets since July. Their platform is also focussing on education reform, the regulation of the Education Minister, changes to the draconian haircut and uniform rules and greater attention to the many cases of sexual abuse and harassment of Thai students.

Meanwhile, protest leader and human rights lawyer Anon Nampa has also taken to social media to refute a recent claim by officials that protest numbers are dwindling. On Thursday, the National Security Council weighed into the political fray by claiming that the number of activists was falling, but Anon warns that today’s rally is a precursor to a much larger one next week. He also noted that the government should be careful “not to fuel more anger”, which could lead to protest numbers getting out of control.

“This is the first 3 months after Monarchy reform was first mentioned. People are getting over their fear and are searching for a better future. This is just the beginning.”

According to a report in Nation Thailand today, police are urging the public to avoid affected routes in the capital today, as traffic may be very heavy and some routes may be closed around Bangkok.

These include: Rajdamnoen Avenue, Somdet Phra Pinklao Road, Wisutkasat Road, Chakkraphatdi Phong Road, Lan Luang Road, Din So Road, Ta Nao Road, Rama VIII Bridge and Somdet Phra Pinklao Bridge.

“The Mob Fest group said they will gather at Democracy Monument from 2pm onwards, while the Bad Student and the Women for Freedom and Democracy groups announced they would gather at the Khok Wua intersection in Phra Nakhon district from noon. The Metropolitan Police Bureau would deploy traffic police around the rally areas to facilitate traffic flow and minimise impact on the public.”

Drivers and pedestrians travelling from Phra Nakhon district to Thonburi are advised to use Rama IV and Rama VI roads, and the Yommarat Expressway. Those travelling in the other direction should take Boromrat Chonnani Road, Phra Pok Klao Bridge, Memorial Bridge and Taksin Bridge.

Also today, Sam Yot and Sanam Chai MRT stations are closed to allow for the official opening of the Blue line extension, which will be carried out by His Majesty the King and the Queen at Sanam Chai station at 5pm. The line between Sam Yot and the terminal at Lak Song will be closed from 4pm today. It will re-open, along with the 2 closed stations, once the official ceremony has finished.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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    Gosport

    November 14, 2020 at 1:26 pm

    Wonderful move by students, wonderful students.

    detach from those rioters.

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    Toby Andrews

    November 14, 2020 at 11:09 pm

    Pathetic. Telling the police where they will protest.
    More like asking permission where to protest.
    With this cowardly attitude they will never change anything.

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      Foreigner with some education

      November 15, 2020 at 9:42 am

      Change what ? 9th July Thai news No US army base in Thailand. 18th July protest started. Yeah. We seen that “self organised students” in many countries already. What’s kind of democracy is 0.1 percent of citizens to change life of millions. Simple joke.

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18 Bangkok motorbike taxi drivers get prison for 2019 mass brawl killing a bystander

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18 motorbike taxi drivers are sentenced to prison for their involvement in a mass street fight in June 2019 where a bystander was killed by a stray bullet. Bangkok’s Prakhonong Court handed down prison sentences ranging from 5 years to more than 27 years, according to Thai media.

The fight broke out between two gangs of win drivers, named by Thai media as Soi 1 and Soi 2, on Soi Udomsuk 1 in Bangkok’s Bang Na district. Around 50 to 60 drivers from Soi 1 attacked 20 to 30 drivers from Soi 2 with knives and other weapons, apparently because Soi 2 drivers, who were unregistered and operated without the proper orange identification vests, took customers away from the Soi 1 group.

A 20 year old Kerry Express courier, Weerawat Pheungkrut, was shot and killed when a stray bullet struck him in the left eyebrow. The drivers who were directly involved with the murder were sentenced to the longest prison terms, including leader of Soi 1 known as Pramuk. He was sentenced to 27 years and 10 months in prison and ordered to pay a 5,000 baht fine as well as 280,000 baht in compensation with a 7.5% yearly interest.

Other drivers with high prison sentences and also ordered to pay 280,000 baht in compensation with a 7.5% yearly interest:

  • Best was sentenced to 27 years in prison and ordered to pay a 5,000 baht.
  • Am was sentenced to 25 years in prison and ordered to pay a 5,000 baht fine.
  • X was sentenced to 24 years and 6 months in prison and ordered to pay a 2,500 baht fine.

Drivers with lower prison sentences:

  • Beer was sentenced to 6 years and 8 months in prison and ordered to pay a 6,666 baht fine.
  • Too, Nui, Bank, Fluke, Mai, Tam and Moo and Jack were sentenced to 5 years in prison and ordered to pay a 5,000 baht fine.
  • Oo, Nott, Bank and Ae were sentenced to 4 years and 6 months in prison and ordered to pay a 5,000 baht fine.

SOURCE: Thai Visa

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Suvarnabhumi expansion being reviewed in line with “new normal” expectations

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The 44 billion baht northern expansion of Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi airport is being revised, to meet “new normal” requirements, according to Airports of Thailand. AOT president, Nitinai Sirismatthakarn, says the process will take 1 or 2 months to complete.

Nation Thailand reports that the airport’s new northern terminal will have the capacity to handle 30 million passengers a year, with Nitinai remaining optimistic about a return to normal figures next year. He says the availability of effective Covid-19 vaccines should fuel a return to normality, with passenger traffic at Suvarnabhumi eventually reaching pre-Covid numbers of 65 million in 2023.

He adds that the Satellite Terminal 1 should be completed in 2022, with plans also being drawn up to extend the airport’s existing terminal east and west. The Satellite Terminal 1 is expected to increase the airport’s capacity by an additional 15 million passengers a year.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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Protest planned for courthouse tomorrow as verdict on PM’s residence expected

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The Ratsadon (People’s Party) movement is planning a protest outside the Constitutional Court tomorrow as a verdict is handed down in relation to PM Prayut Chan-o-cha’s occupancy of a military residence, despite his retirement from the army. The ruling is expected at 3.00pm tomorrow and comes as a result of a petition lodged by opposition MPs in March, in which the PM was accused of a conflict of interest as a result of his residence.

Members of the Pheu Thai Party are leading the charge, claiming the PM should have moved out of the accommodation at the time of his retirement in 2014. For his part, the PM says he’ll move out if the court rules against him, insisting his occupancy of the military residence is not an abuse of power. According to a report in the Bangkok Post today, the military says the property has been re-classified as a “visitor’s house” and says it was provided to the PM for security reasons.

Wirat Ratana­sate from the ruling Palang Pracharath Party says members have not yet discussed a list of potential replacement candidates, should the court’s ruling go against the PM. Were that to happen, it would mean the end of his term as leader and the end of his current cabinet. Wirat remains optimistic however, that the court will find in the PM’s favour.

“We may have to discuss the matter with coalition parties. Still, let’s wait for the court’s ruling. Don’t jump to any conclusion that there will be a political accident. The outcome may turn out to be good.”

Meanwhile, authorities in Bangkok say they’re ready to handle tomorrow’s planned protest outside the courthouse. Pakkapong Pongpetra from the Metropolitan Police Bureau says officers have devised a number of security measures to maintain order during the rally and ensure events inside the courtroom can proceed as normal.

His statement comes as Ramate Rattanachaweng from the Democrat Party issues a warning to anti-government protesters that pressurising the court could lead to charges of contempt of court. He is calling on them to cancel tomorrow’s gathering.

Meanwhile, members of the opposition say they’re confident the court will rule against the PM, with the legal chief of the Pheu Thai Party, Chusak Sirinil, saying the designation of “visitor’s house” does not indicate a permanent residence.

“A visitor’s house is for temporary stays of 7 to 10 days, not forever.”

Prasert Chantararuangthong, also from Pheu Thai, dismisses the army’s explanation that the PM needs to live in a military residence for security reasons, pointing out that the army is not responsible for prime ministerial security. Meanwhile, fellow Pheu Thai MP, Arunee Kasayanont, suggests the PM should pay attention to what the people are demanding and resign immediately, regardless of the verdict.

“General Prayut can make a graceful exit by resigning before December 2 and thus respond to the demand of demonstrators.”

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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