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1,150 Officers prepared for Krabi Power Plant Public Hearings

Kritsada Mueanhawong

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Krabi’s Police Commander, Pol Maj Gen Boontawee Toraksa, has promised that the public hearings will not see any violence with the addition of 1,150 police, military and defense volunteer officers, all prepared to guard the area.

Infrastructure for the public hearings has already been put in place with 3 big air-conditioned tents with a capacity of 2,500 people. CCTV cameras have been installed in 50 spots around the area.

Along the way to the public hearings site there are a lot of signs supporting the project attached on the houses and on the side of the street.

Meanwhile, the former President of Krabi Industry Council, Amarit Siripornjuthakul, has asked the group that disagree with the project not to join the public hearings as he believes that there will be a third party disturbing the event and they might be blamed instead.

Meanwhile, PM Prayut Chan-o-cha ordered the entire Environmental and Health Impact Assessment (EHIA) study of the 870-megawatt coal-fired power plant project in Krabi to restart in February last year.

In response, the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat) and its consultant company, Air Save Co Ltd, are scheduled today to conduct the first of public hearing. The meeting, to be held at the Tambon Khlong Khanan Administration Organisation in Nuea Khlong district, will inform those who attend about the scope of the EHIA study and then gather feedback from stakeholders.

However, Prasitchai Nu-nuan, a prominent member of Save Andaman from Coal, yesterday said the group rejected the “unjust” EHIA study process and hence would not attend the first public hearing by Egat.

“Just as the prime minister ordered the entire EHIA process of Krabi coal-fired power plant to restart, we also need reform of the EHIA process, too, in order to make sure that the study is trustworthy and fair,” Prasitchai said.

“But we see that Egat will still do the same thing. As there is no improvement in the EHIA studying process, we see no point in participating in this problematic study.

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Save Andaman from Coal also released a statement outlining its stance on locating a coal-fired energy plant in the region. People from around the world cherish Krabi and the entire Andaman Coast, viewing it among the world’s top tourist destinations, which boasts some of the finest wetlands. And so, as local people, they could not take part in any project that will harm the pristine environment of their locality.

Moreover, they opposed the use of coal as fuel for generating power, as it will worsen climate change and contribute to endangering all life on earth.

The opposition group’s statement also cautioned that the public hearing forum could intensify conflict among the local people in Krabi. The forum’s venue is located in an area with stronger support for the coal-fired power plant, the statement noted, and the consultant company that conducted the EHIA study was also hired by Egat, thus prejudicing the EHIA report.

Chairman of the Krabi Tourism Council, Amrit Siriphonjutakul, said that there was no need to build a coal-fired power plant in Krabi, as the province can rely solely on renewable energy. It was very important to preserve a clean environment to ensure sustainability of the tourism industry, from which large numbers of local people derive their income, he said.

But Egat’s assistant governor on project community relations and environment, Lieutenant Anuchart Palakawongse na Ayudhya, encouraged all people to attend the first public hearing, regardless of their opinion about the coal-fired power plant project.

“This public hearing will be the forum for all stakeholders to listen to the scope of the Krabi coal-fired power plant project EHIA study and offer their opinions, suggestions, or concerns to the study team,” Anuchart said. “We welcome the opposition group to attend the forum as well.

“The people can submit their comment on the project to us for 15 days and we will gather the opinions from all stakeholders and publicise them later. We will move on to the second public hearing in the next couple of months.”

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UPDATE: Bangkok protesters mass at the front of Government House, earlier PM addresses nation

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PHOTO: Earlier this evening the protesters gathered at the Victory Monument before heading to Government House - Facebook/Free Youth

UPDATE: The protesters announced that the rally would end and disperse peacefully at 9.35pm. They wrapped up the gathering after delivering a symbolic letter of demand for the prime minister’s resignation at the front of Government House. Apart from some earlier scuffles with police around 7pm, there were no major incidents this evening.

EARLIER: Happening at Bangkok’s Government House around 9pm…

Protesters started arriving around 7.30pm, again demanding the PM’s resignation, and even had a letter prepared for him to sign, PM Prayut was not at Government Hose at the time. Protesters continued to amass at the front of Government House after breaking through a police cordon at Urupong Intersection. Earlier they gathered at the Victory Monument roundabout (and BTS station).

Police have blocked off the entrance to Government House with 2 public buses, barbed wire and police dressed in riot gear that have been shipped in from Saraburi Province. Protesters are already preparing for a potential confrontation and are dressing in raincoats, hardhats, goggles and armed with umbrellas, presumably in anticipation of another spray from the water cannons. They continue to shout “Prayut, get out!” Protest leaders are also calling on the growing crowd to remain “chilled” and not resort to violence.

“If he won’t resign, we won’t go home.”

Behind the 2 buses there are also the high powered water cannons which were used against protesters last Friday night at the Prathunwan intersection in central Bangkok. Despite the calls for the continuation of a peaceful protest, both sides appear ready for some conflict this evening. Earlier protesters were demanding the release of some of the movement leaders who continue to be arrested with an array of charges, some still in detention in prisons north of the city.

The Prime Minister appeared on television tonight at 7pm and committed to the Thai people to help resolve the current impasse between the widening protest movement and the Government. He went on to say that his government “is prepared to withdraw emergency rules banning large gatherings in Bangkok” if the growing protest movement “remains peaceful”.

“At this point, we all need to take a step back, to step back from the brink, away from the path that would plunge Thailand into disaster.”

PM Prayut did no address the issue of the demands for his resignation.

An emergency session of Parliament has been scheduled for next Monday and Tuesday where opposition parties say they will challenge the government coalition to address the demands of the protesters, including the tetchy issue of reforming the role of the Thai monarchy.

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Samut Prakan woman bitten by snake while using the toilet

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A python has bitten a woman on her backside and finger while using the toilet at a home in Samut Prakan, southeast of Bangkok. Rescue volunteers were called to her home, and said there was a lot of blood at the scene. The woman was later taken to the hospital.

The incident may sound shocking to some, but in Thailand, reports of snakes biting people who are on the toilet isn’t that uncommon. Snakes can live and thrive in the sewers, usually hunting down rats, and sometimes enter pipes leading up to the toilet bowls.

Just last month, an 18 year old university in Nonthaburi, a suburb just west of Bangkok, was bitten on his penis by a python that was in the toilet bowl. He had to get 3 stitches. Another man’s penis was bit by a snake while he was using the bathroom last year. He ended up with 15 stitches.

คุณพระ ! งูโผล่โถส้วมกัดเลือดสาด วันนี้เวลา​ 21:00 น….

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One more person faces possible life sentence for alleged acts during royal motorcade

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Police have issued an additional arrest warrant for a protester who allegedly attempted to “harm the HM the Queen’s liberty” during a royal motorcade last week. The motorcade happened to be on the same day and same route as a pro-democracy protest in Bangkok. So far, 3 protesters face charges for an alleged “act of violence against the HM the Queen’s liberty” and could face up to life in prison if found guilty.

Suranat Paenprasert, a coordinator for Active Youth, now faces charges of 16 to 20 years in prison, or even up to life in prison, for allegedly violating Section 110 of Thailand’s Criminal Code which prohibits acts of violence against the HM the Queen or Her liberty.

Section 110: Violence against the Queen

Whoever commits an act of violence against the Queen or Her liberty, the Heir-apparent or His liberty, or the Regent or his/her liberty, shall be punished with imprisonment for life or imprisonment of sixteen to twenty years.

2 other protesters, Ekkachai Hongkangwan and Boonkueanoon Paothong, also face the same charges of alleged “violence against the Queen’s liberty” during the royal motorcade. The New York Times reports the “act of violence” was apparently yelling at the royal motorcade. In photos, crowds of protesters were seen on the royal motorcade route holding their hands up in the 3-finger salute, a symbol of defiance.

Many of the protesters were also shouting “our taxes”, in Thai, at the occupants of the yellow Rolls Royce.

Ekkachai and Boonkueanoon may also face charges under Thailand’s lèse majesté law under Section 112 of Thailand’s Criminal Code, according to an earlier report from the Bangkok Post. If found guilty, the additional charge would make their punishment more severe.

Section 112: Insulting or Defaming the Royal Family

Whoever, defames, insults or threatens the King, the Queen, the Heir-apparent or the Regent, shall be punished with imprisonment of three to fifteen years.

SOURCES: Nation Thailand | New York Times

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