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Protesters gather at Bangkok’s United Nations, call to abolish lèse majesté law

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Pro-democracy protesters gathered in front of the United Nations building in Bangkok, calling on the organisation to step in after many activists were recently arrested for allegedly violating Thailand’s controversial lèse majesté law. The lawcarries prison sentences from 3 to 15 years for insulting or defamatory statements about the Thai Monarchy. Activists say the law violates human rights.

Today’s protest falls on International Human Rights Day as well as Thailand’s Constitution Day, which commemorates the adoption of Thailand’s first constitution in 1932 (there’s been numerous charters since then.)

So far, at least 23 activists involved in the recent pro-democracy rallies have been charged under the law for insulting or defaming the Thai Monarchy. Activists have been calling on government and monarchy reform. Questioning and speaking out against the monarchy is taboo and unprecedented in Thai society.

Many activists are now using the hashtag on social media #abolish112 to call for the end to the lèse majesté law which is Section 112 of Thailand’s Criminal Code. Those who break the law face 3 to 15 years in prison.

Inner Bangkok streets have been blocked by police with shipping containers to prevent protesters from gathering outside the Government House which is nearby.

Protesters are also gathering at the October 14 Memorial, which is down the street from the United Nations building. The memorial represents the 1973 popular uprising which ended the military dictatorship of Thanom Kittikachorn.

SOURCES: Nation Thailand | Bangkok Post | DW

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    Slugger

    Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 3:36 pm

    The protests seem to be running out of steam and a focus.

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      AjarnChan

      Friday, December 11, 2020 at 7:10 pm

      Thaksin is getting bored!

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    Don jones

    Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 4:06 pm

    United Nations.Another bunch of globalist parasites

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    Ameila Leary

    Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 7:07 pm

    Pro-democracy leaders are facing charges of lese majeste, a distinctive and divisive statute that forbids criticism of the royal family of Thailand. In 2 years, the law has not been used, so its sudden revival could suggest impatient authority. As on Human Rights Day and also Thai Thai Constitution Day the demonstrators are demanding their rights and wanting the king to be extinguished.

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    Ameila Leary

    Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 7:07 pm

    kaceghs fajdPro-democracy leaders are facing charges of lese majeste, a distinctive and divisive statute that forbids criticism of the royal family of Thailand. In 2 years, the law has not been used, so its sudden revival could suggest impatient authority. As on Human Rights Day and also Thai Thai Constitution Day the demonstrators are demanding their rights and wanting the king to be extinguished.lk fjSB EVFjabh

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    Ameila Leary

    Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 7:08 pm

    kwdnfov kqnev
    Pro-democracy leaders are facing charges of lese majeste, a distinctive and divisive statute that forbids criticism of the royal family of Thailand. In 2 years, the law has not been used, so its sudden revival could suggest impatient authority. As on Human Rights Day and also Thai Thai Constitution Day the demonstrators are demanding their rights and wanting the king to be extinguished.
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    AjarnChan

    Friday, December 11, 2020 at 7:17 pm

    In what way are a gang of mostly Red Shirt anarchists doing Takkie ShinyWater’s bidding in any way Democratic?

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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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Man arrested for allegedly overstaying 60 day tourist visa by 7 years

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Immigration police arrested a 40 year old Nigerian man for allegedly overstaying his visa by 2,683 days. The man entered Thailand in April 2014 on a 60 day tourist visa. He was arrested in in Ratchathewi district of Bangkok.

Illegal immigration is considered as a major factor of the second wave of Covid-19 after the outbreak Samut Sakhon seafood market affecting a large migrant population.

Thai Visa says immigration officers were “targeting Africans to check on their visa status as part of measures associated with the Covid-19 pandemic.”

The penalties for overstaying in Thailand are as follows…

When surrendering at airport immigration when leaving Thailand…

  • Overstay less than 90 Days = 500 Thai baht/day overstay fine (maximum 20,000 Thai baht)
  • Overstay more than 90 Days = 1 year ban from Thailand and 20,000 Thai baht overstay fine
  • Overstay more than 1 Year = 3 years ban from Thailand and 20,000 Thai baht overstay fine
  • Overstay more than 3 Years = 5 years ban from Thailand and 20,000 baht overstay fine
  • Overstay more than 5 Years = 10 years ban from Thailand and 20,000 baht overstay fine

When caught while overstaying…

  • Overstay of 1 day to 1 Year = 5 years ban from Thailand and 500 to 20,000 Thai baht overstay fine.
  • Overstay more than 1 Year = 10 years ban from Thailand and 20,000 Thai baht overstay fine.

SOURCES: True Crime Thailand | Thai Embassy| Thai Visa

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BTS Skytrain’s Green Line maximum fare to rise, Rail Transport Department disagrees with the move

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After the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration agreed to raise the maximum fare on the BTS Skytrain’s Green Line from 59 baht to 158 baht, the Rail Transport Department is calling on city officials to suspend the maximum fare ceiling, saying it would put an unfair burden on passengers.

Bangkok Governor Aswin announced earlier that the maximum fare of 158 baht is to be imposed on February 16, but a discount to 104 baht is offered during the Covid-19 outbreak. The City Hall needs to increase the fare rate because it can’t pay the debt to Bangkok Mass Transit System.

Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob says the BMA should halt its policy on the new BTS maximum fare and wait for other authorities to find proper solutions.

The Chairman of a House committee on transport, Sophon Sarum, a former transport minister, dismisses the BMA’s claim of its financial inability to repay the Green Line’s loans while suggesting the BMA to manage the Green Line’s finances by raising funds from banks and other financial institutions.

The Rail Department and BMA will meet to discuss the maximum fare ceiling this week.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post | Coconuts Bangkok

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High demand for health insurance due to Covid-19 worries, premiums expected to rise

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With the increasing demands for health insurance due to people’s worries over Covid-19, health insurance premiums are expected to grow 1.59% this year, according to the Insurance Commission.

Commission secretary-general Suthipol Taweechaikarn says total premiums will see 101 billion baht revenues this year, an increase from 99 billion baht last year. He adds that the Covid-19 situation is a major factor in higher demand for health insurance policies as medical expenses are likely to increase every year.

Some insurance companies in Thailand have also found an increasing demand for health coverage policies among their customers, especially those with high purchasing power.

Deputy CEO of Tokio Marine Life Insurance Thailand says the company will offer annual premiums starting at 15,000 baht.

“The company aims to increase health insurance premiums to 50% this year from 40% last year.”

Cigna Insurance CEO says the company will use digital technology for product and service development to meet customers’ demands in the new normal lifestyle.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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