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Students at Khon Kaen university gather to protest police violence at Bangkok rally

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Students at Khon Kaen University, in the north-east of the country, held a rally last night to protest police violence against pro-democracy activists in Bangkok. The Bangkok Post reports that around 50 students came together at around 7pm, to protest the use of tear gas and high-powered water cannons in an effort to stop anti-government activists reaching the Parliament building.

Protest leader Thanapon Doemthamram addressed the crowd, condemning the alleged bias in how police treated rival factions. He says yellow-shirt royalist protesters were treated more fairly than anti-government activists, who were violently pushed back.

The students also reiterated their 3 demands. The first is the resignation of PM Prayut Chan-o-cha, and the election of a new PM, who must be a politician and not someone nominated by senators.

The second is the formation of a committee to draft a totally new Thai constitution, under the direction of a new government, under the new PM. The new charter should include reforms to the Monarchy as per the demands of the United Front of Thammasat and Demonstration.

The third demand is for Parliament to be dissolved once the constitution is completed and for fresh elections to be held.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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    Gosport

    November 18, 2020 at 2:30 pm

    wow, it is pity to ruin that beautiful university, I still remember the dancers in Sofitel. What a wonderful night.

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    AI

    November 18, 2020 at 4:26 pm

    The genie os out of the bottle and not going to go back until there is serious change. The serpents at the top of the current pile (along with most good Thai people) know this.
    This same bunch of vipers will be mentioned in the history books as the cause of one of the worst periods ever.
    They won’t relent and give it up and the whole charade must be beyond enriching themselves or fame.
    Who was it that said that ‘power is the greatest aphrodisiac?’

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    Toby Andrews

    November 18, 2020 at 9:11 pm

    ME, I think I said it, although I might have read it somewhere,
    Anyway, I repeat my previous question: Has any royalist been arrested for anything?
    If not, they are working for the government.

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    Issan John

    November 18, 2020 at 9:29 pm

    So the three demands (in KK)
    are now the PM, a new constitution, and new elections?

    Nothing about the monarchy, unlike Bkk?

    Oh well …..

    (at least no one, apart from the farangs here, has mentioned the economy!)

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    Noneya Binizz

    November 19, 2020 at 2:42 am

    Issan john

    You should really try reading before you post.

    They do mention reform of the monarchy in case you are not that good at reading English

    You should step away from the keyboard now, and go outside and play with your buffalo in the rice paddy

    And maybe invite prayut to join you for a nice afternoon bubble tea.

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Monk dies after jumping in front of speeding train in north-east Thailand

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A monk has died after jumping on to rail tracks and into the path of an approaching train in the north-eastern province of Si Sa Ket, near the Cambodian border. The incident occurred at a provincial train station in front of horrified witnesses at around 10.30am yesterday.

According to a Nation Thailand report, police say the 55 year old’s body was dismembered in the incident. Witnesses report that he jumped onto the tracks and stood with his arms open, in the path of an oncoming train. They say there was no time to save him. Police have launched an investigation to determine the motive behind the monk’s suicide.

If you or anyone you know is in emotional distress, please contact the Samaritans of Thailand 24-hour hotline: 02 713 6791 (English), 02 713 6793 (Thai) or the Thai Mental Health Hotline at 1323 (Thai).

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480 kilograms of marijuana seized on Laos border

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Police have seized 480 kilograms of, what they say is, “high-grade” marijuana in northeastern Thailand in a routine roadside search. The search was conducted near the border in Nakhon Phanom province. Police say the smugglers were looking for alternate routes now that the roads and traditional border crossings from Myanmar and Laos had been closed.

25 year old Likit Boonprasit was detained by border police after they found 12 fertiliser sacks containing the marijuana that was divided into 480 1 kilogram bricks of compressed marijuana. Likit says he was paid 30,000 baht to deliver the ganja to Bangkok but says he wasnt sure of the exact location as he was being directed by phone as he made his way to the capital.

Likit says the marijuana was smuggled across the Mekong river in long-tail boats from Laos, an operation path that is clearly popular with international smugglers. Just last month, police seized 556,000 methamphetamine pills and 138 kilograms of compressed marijuana in the same district, where, again, a pickup was stopped on the road near the Mekong river. Similar to the most recent bust, the marijuana and meth pills were in fertiliser sacks.

Police say the meth pills were on their way to Myanmar from Laos, where they were smuggled by a long-tail boat across the Mekong river. Such a detour into northeastern Thailand, police speculate, is necessary for smuggling operations as the border areas between Myanmar and northern Thailand have been sealed as part of Thailand’s wider border closures.

However, such operations that include a detour to Thailand have proven to be risky as more than 3 tonnes of marijuana have been seized in the last month alone.

Thailand legalised medical marijuana last year, with the hopes of allowing farming of the plant to boost the economy. It is the first country in SE Asia to legalise the drug and has consistently made quick adjustments to laws and jurisdiction to stay ahead of the blossoming medical marijuana business in the ASEAN.

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Half a tonne of high grade compressed marijuana seized in NE Thailand

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Thai border police have seized half a tonne of “high grade marijuana” Nakhon Phanom province, north east Thailand, saying a border with Laos and the Mekong River. Border police announced the seizure of 480 kilograms of marijuana during a routine roadside search.

Police announced that a car was intercepted on a road near Ban Khok Sawang. The driver, 25 year old Likit Boonprasit, was detained and later arrested by border police. They found 12 fertiliser sacks containing a total of 480 1 kilogram “bricks” of of compressed marijuana. He told police the marijuana had been smuggled across the Mekong in long-tail boats from Laos.

The man said he would be paid 30,000 baht to deliver the marijuana to Bangkok. He told police that the delivery instructions were to be sent to him as he headed towards Bangkok. More than 3 tonnes of high grade marijuana out of Laos have been seized in Nakhon Phanom over the past month.

At the end of last month border patrol police seized 556,000 methamphetamine pills and 138 kilograms of compressed marijuana in That Phanom district, on a road near the Mekong River.

In that case police found 3 fertiliser sacks containing 556,000 methamphetamine pills and 4 other sacks with 138 kilograms of Marijuana in an abandoned vehicle.

Police claim the pills were being transported from Myanmar, via Last, as an alternative route into Thailand. They were then smuggled by long boat across the Mekong river.

Road routes and traditional border crossing have been closed as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic.

SOURCE: Chiang Rai Times

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