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7.15pm and the protesters arrived out the front of the German Embassy. Thousands have blocked the way in Sathorn Road but protesters say they’re waiting for more to arrive. Estimates of the crowd say there are up to 10,000 anti government protesters already. Protesters say they’re waiting for an invitation by the German Ambassador for representatives to enter the embassy to submit their petition.

Protesters have been met by hundreds of riot police protecting the entrance to the embassy, in fact three lines of police. The ensemble of police is matched by a huge Thai and overseas media contingency.

Protesters are seeking an opinion from the German Government about the residential status of the Thai Head of State in the state of Bavaria, claiming that the monarch has been conducting political business whilst in residence.

Protest leaders asked the demonstrators to show restraint and avoid any violence as the rally moved from the Sam Yan intersection, near the Chulalongkorn University, towards the German Embassy along Rama IV Road.

At this stage no officials have emerged from the gates of the embassy to accept the petition. A number of protest leaders are waiting at the gate with their petition after clearing the way for the representatives to approach the front gate in waiting for someone to come out.

As of 7.15pm, no one had emerged from the embassy buildings although a report has come from Thai Enquirer that the Embassy has agreed to accept 3 protest leaders inside to submit their petition.

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    Gosport

    October 26, 2020 at 7:54 pm

    Wow, it is going amazing and nasty now.

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    James

    October 26, 2020 at 9:08 pm

    What has it got to do with Germany, the Germans can not stop the king from going to Germany whenever he wants as he is doing nothing illegal?

    Are they going to demonstrate outside of the Italian embassy as he likes to eat spaghetti and pizza?

    Then the British embassy as he likes English tailored suits?

    Why not demonstrate outside their own government buildings to hand a petition and ask why he spends so much time in Germany?

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      Khun plastic

      October 26, 2020 at 10:44 pm

      If he was running affairs of state and /or was in anyway involved in human rights abuses while staying at a hotel in Bavaria as a private citizen on a visit he almost certainly had
      been breaking many German and international laws.

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        James

        October 27, 2020 at 2:09 am

        So does that mean if Donald Trump visits Germany or Merkel visits Thailand they have to stop acting as heads of state while there and can not give instructions or administer their country’s affiars while in the country, I don’t think so?

        I don’t think the vice president takes over while the head of state is visiting other countries?

        The German foreign minister said “We have made it clear that politics concerning Thailand should not be conducted from German soil,” he did not say it is against the law, and trade talks between Thailand and Germany are still in progress.

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          BC

          October 27, 2020 at 7:36 am

          Can you recognize that a head of State “visiting Thailand” and someone renting an entire hotel and living there for months and months on end is hardly a reasonable comparison?

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          Khun plastic

          October 27, 2020 at 5:17 pm

          He was there for months on end on a private visit with his hareem not on official state business or in a official capacity.He was there essentially as a long stay tourist
          There is a huge difference.

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            James

            October 27, 2020 at 8:30 pm

            Thailand is insignificant anyway as far as the world goes so it really does not matter what the king does or does not do.

            It is just a corrupt second world country which is there just for holidays as far as the rest of the world is concerned.

            It had a brief moment in world history when it joined with the Japanese in the second world war in order to regain some of the land lost to Cambodia but since then it has remained in the background.

            Thai food is great though.

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    42nd Battalion

    October 26, 2020 at 10:21 pm

    This feels like the first piece of real news in months.

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    Khun plastic

    October 26, 2020 at 10:32 pm

    An incredible situation showing the true power of the internet.

    Perhaps next the return of square head and his cute sister.

    Would not surprise me one bit.
    Could be history in the making here.

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      Political Observer

      October 27, 2020 at 7:36 am

      Square head and his cute sister return and the dictator flees into exile to avoid prosecution and jail for treason. Sweet!!

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    Khun plastic

    October 27, 2020 at 5:13 pm

    He’s we’ll set up to do a runner that’s for sure.
    He is in current flying practice on his long range Boeing biz jet.
    Bet the tanks are full and it’s well protected.
    would imagine it’s at don mueang ready to go in a second.

    Also put all the royal cash in his own bank account,very nice.
    Boeing Boeing gone prehaps

    Would not be surprised if he does the nip.

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    West Tiger

    October 27, 2020 at 7:47 pm

    Thailand is sinking into the abyss under the junta.
    They need to be removed and replaced by a democratic elected Government

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