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Security guard slaps student for displaying protest sign at Bangkok mall – VIDEO

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PHOTO: Facebook / Benja Apan

A security guard at the luxury Iconsiam shopping mall in Bangkok has slapped a student activist after she held up a protest sign at the facility. The confrontation occurred at around 2.30pm yesterday, when the Thammasat University student displayed a sign that read, “You monopolised the vaccine so the Monarchy could take the credit.”

The student, named as 21 year old Benja Apan, was quickly surrounded by at least 7 staff members, with one security guard grabbing the sign before pushing away a camera that was recording the development. A sharp sound is then heard, followed by Benja screaming that the guard has hit her. She proceeds to call for help, while the men continue trying to restrain her.

VIDEO: Matichon TV

According to a Coconuts report, Benja and an unnamed associate appeared shortly after at Pak Khlong San Police Station, saying the security guards from the mall had taken them there. It’s understood the organisation Thai Lawyers for Human Rights have provided Benja with a lawyer. A number of protesters also gathered at the police station in a show of support for the student, while speaking to police about the actions of the security guard accused of hitting her.

A representative of the shopping mall has apologised for the confrontation, saying it’s investigating what happened. It says people should not voice political opinions on its premises.

Thailand has set aside 6 billion baht to produce the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine locally. The manufacturer, Siam Bioscience, is a new pharmaceutical company owned by the palace.

SOURCE: Coconuts

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    Larry McFarland

    Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at 11:41 am

    wow what big “men” yo are all…. taking 5 guys to rough up a poor girl just trying to make her own statement. I hope they get what they deserve

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    Mister Stretch

    Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at 12:10 pm

    Any time security or police don’t want a situation being video recorded indicates that they aren’t entirely clear about their legal position and don’t want to look bad.

    It’s chilling how much freedom of expression is being curtailed, lately.

    The student, though, when she was being rousted from “private property” should have wisely decided to stand on the public sidewalk or street, IMO.

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    Kim

    Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at 12:39 pm

    Boycott #iconsiam

    It’s clear they can’t control their buffalo “security guards” and the only evidence making them “security guards” is the badge

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    gosport

    Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at 1:26 pm

    Why not take the time to improve math ability?

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      Georg

      Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at 4:50 pm

      They prefer not to learn math. Just protest against math.

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      Joe

      Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 6:32 am

      We have 2 new dumbos on the forum, georg who can’t even spell his name correctly and gosport, a case of dumb and dumber.

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        Toby Andrews

        Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 9:51 am

        Which one’s dumber?

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    Ray

    Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at 2:48 pm

    Well private property is private property but no one has the right to hit anyone else. That is assault in anyones language. They amassed to corner, intimidate and frighten that young lady. That was thuggary at its best.

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    Issan John

    Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at 9:10 pm

    All a bit odd, even down to the placard which makes little rational sense.

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      Toby Andrews

      Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 9:53 am

      Like you.

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    albert zweistein

    Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 5:46 am

    Iconsiam is on my boycot list.

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    Roger C

    Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 9:54 am

    She received white glove treatment.

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    Sebastian

    Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 4:56 pm

    What is most disturbing about this is…..
    “Thailand has set aside 6 BILLION baht to produce the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine locally. The manufacturer, Siam Bioscience, is a NEW pharmaceutical company OWNED BY THE PALACE”.
    Do they truly have no shame? Profiteering from the people’s suffering and even disallowing private enterprise to make a buck and so feed their families.

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      Mike Froment

      Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 7:46 pm

      I sure that you are not allowed to make a profit from the astrazeneca vaccine they are the rules it’s a not for profit

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        Andre

        Monday, January 25, 2021 at 3:08 am

        Rules? This is Thailand – what are you talking about? You know better than coming with such a comment.

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Motorists told to avoid certain areas in Bangkok as protests planned for today

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Bangkok motorists are being told to avoid areas where protests are planned to take place today. Kasetsart intersection, Lat Phrao intersection, Rachaprasong shopping district’s Central World shopping mall and 11th Infantry Regiment barracks in Bangkhen are the sites where demonstrators are set to infiltrate.

The Metropolitan Police Commissioner says he is most concerned about the Lat Phrao intersection, due to the Redem or Restart Democracy group planning to hold a leaderless protest, which has been prone to violence in the past as demonstrated last Sunday. The group is an offset of the Free Youth movement, which is one of the main groups that have been demonstrating against the military-backed government.

The Redem protesters plan to march from the Lat Phrao intersection to the Criminal Court on Ratchadapisek Road, despite a law announced in the Royal Gazette last night which banned protests, mass gatherings and assemblies. The law stated the reasoning was not political, citing fears over Covid-19 instead.

The newly announced law would give the government a wider range of power in enforcing such public gatherings, with law-breakers being subjected to up to a 40,000 baht fine or up to 2 years in jail. The Redem group is expected to demand the release of core Ratsadon leaders and others being held in jail without bail.

The Ratsadon group reached the outskirts of Bangkok yesterday, after a nearly 250 kilometre-long march from the Thao Suranaree statue in Korat province’s Muang district province. But they were met by police who tried to prevent them from marching further into Bangkok, but eventually allowed them to keep marching until they reached the Kasetsart intersection. The group is expected to end the march tomorrow, at Democracy Monument.

Despite the groups’ plans to ignore the recent law that bans protests, police have warned that they will face charges if they defy the new order. 32 companies of anti-riot police have been placed on standby in light of the expected protests taking place in Thailand’s capital today.

SOURCE: Thai Pbs World

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Thailand’s government has banned assemblies, protests, and mass gatherings citing fears over Covid-19 spreading. The Royal Gazette, Thailand’s official site for publishing new laws and regulations, made the announcement late last night on the heels of another protest scheduled for today.

The ban is in place for Bangkok and 5 other provinces including Samut Prakan, Samut Songkhram, Pathum Thani, Nakhon Pathom, and Nonthaburi provinces.

Thai Government officials insist the ban on protests is not political but some are skeptical as a protest last weekend ended in violence after demonstrators tried to march to the home of PM Prayut Chan-o-cha. The “leaderless protest” set for today, by “Redem” pro-democracy group, is set to march to the Thai Criminal Court. And, protest groups on social media have stated that the new regulations will not stop scheduled future protests.

Despite the Emergency Decree that has been put in place to ban mass gatherings, the new law will cover more ground by giving the government more power to assert control over law-breakers by including fines up to 40,000 baht or up to 2 years in jail. The new law is effective until further notice.

Yesterday, the pro-democracy group Ratsadon, arrived to the outskirts of Bangkok, after a nearly 250 kilometre, 17 day long walk from the Thao Suranaree statue in Korat province’s Muang district. The group was protesting the imprisonment of 9 pro-democracy demonstrators who are being denied bail. The march, named “Walk Through the Sky: Bring Back the People’s Power,” started on February 16.

The march is expected to end today at Bangkok’s Democracy Monument, but it is unclear whether or not the protest will be stopped in accordance to the new ban.

Thailand has seen a drop in the amount of daily reported cases of Covid-19, with numbers decreasing to double-digits. The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration assistant spokeswoman is now claiming that Thailand has successfully contained the second wave of Covid, which broke out last December.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Pro-democracy group to reach outskirts of Bangkok after almost 250 kilometre walk

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A group of pro-democracy protestors, on an almost 250 kilometre walk, are expected to reach the outskirts of Bangkok today. The group has been walking for 17 days, starting from the Thao Suranaree statue in Korat province’s Muang district to protest the imprisonment of 9 pro-democracy demonstrators who are being denied bail.

The demonstrators imprisoned include 4 protest leaders from Ratsadon named Parit “Penguin” Chiwarak, Anon Nampa, Somyot Pruksakasemsuk and Patiwat “Morlum Bank” Saraiyeam. The 247.5-kilometre march, named “Walk Through the Sky: Bring Back the People’s Power,” started on February 16. Jatupat “Pai Dao Din” Boonpattararaksa, from the student-led protest group Ratsadon, is leading the walking protesters and says they have been held in jail without bail since February 9.

The 4 are facing charges under Article 112, which prohibits lese-majeste, or the defaming of the Thai Royal Monarchy. Lese-majeste carries a jail sentence of 3 to 15 years. They are also facing charges of sedition under Article 116 of the Criminal Code, which carries a jail term of 7 years, as they are accused of organising pro-democracy rallies.

“The ignition and the fuel for the walk is simple. They have started to incarcerate our friends while denying their bail requests, which made it impossible for us to do nothing.”

The court has denied the demonstrators bail requests 4 times now, citing that their release would create more unrest.

Pai said he emphathises with the detained protestors as he has been imprisoned for lese-majeste before. He says he spent 2 years and 6 months in prison for sharing a BBC Thai’s biography of the monarch on Facebook.

“When I was in jail, there were people outside who were protesting for my release so now that my friends are in jail by an unfair law while being denied their right to political expression, I must come out and do something.”

“A walk is a type of a fight against injustice and we choose to fight this way in order to peacefully spread the words about police brutality, the uses of various laws to silence dissidents, the plights of the poor and the mismanagement of the government’s covid-relief measures and natural resources.”

The walk-in protest group is expected to reach Zeer Rangsit in Pathumthani around 5:30 pm today and will camp out near the department store before marching at the Bang Khen intersection tomorrow. On Sunday, the march is expected to end at Bangkok’s Democracy Monument.

SOURCE: Thai Enquirer

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