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Amphetamine crackdown in Krabi worth 10 million baht

Kritsada Mueanhawong

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This morning (December 12), Krabi police arrested 28 year old Jirasak Wongsa-Ad and 22 year old Apinan Matboonnoi at a house in Ao Luek district with 48,000 amphetamine pills.

The 48,000 amphetamine pills were found wrapped in white plastic buckets and buried near a banana tree in the backyard of the house. Police also seized other items at the house, including a pistol, 3 mobile phones and a Toyota Fortuner car.

Apinan confessed that he was invited by Jirasak for the job to store the drugs at the house, receiving 50,000 baht each time. He had already done this 2 times; the last time was in October, when he’d already distributed the pills to the retail drug dealers. The second lot arrived in November and he was in the midst of spreading them to the dealers. However, Jirasak hasn’t confessed, saying that he is a medium for “Bung”, whom he doesn’t know the real name, who is supposedly the main dealer of this Krabi drug network.

“This drug network is a very big one, having their retailers working in many provinces in the southern region. We will continue the investigation to search for all the people involved with this case,” said Pol Maj Gen Worawit Panprung, Krabi Police Commander.

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Burmese worker killed, 11 injured, in Chon Buri truck collision

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A pick-up truck carrying migrant workers has collided with another truck in the eastern province of Chon Buri, killing 1 and injuring 11. The victims are all thought to be Burmese nationals. The Pattaya News reports that the accident occurred in the sub-district of Nong Kangkok, with the dead man named as 35 year old Mr. Juan. The 11 injured have been taken to a local hospital for treatment.

The driver of the pick-up truck, 37 year old Sutin Yaohuaythong, says he was driving the 12 workers to a construction site when he lost control as he tried to overtake another vehicle. As is common in Thailand, the workers were all riding in the bed of the truck, resulting in them being thrown from the vehicle when it crashed.

Police are reviewing CCTV footage and interviewing witnesses as part of their investigation and are considering bringing charges against the driver.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

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Activists agree to step back, while telling PM to resign by Sunday

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Following a televised address to the nation by the Thai PM, amid rising political tension, anti-government protesters have agreed to take a step back. However, they are still insisting the Thai leader must resign by Sunday and calling for all charges against arrested activists to be dropped. While speaking to the nation via a televised broadcast last night, Prayut Chan-o-cha said he would be first to step back and called on those protesting against his leadership to do the same.

“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.”

Yesterday afternoon, protesters again assembled at the Victory Monument in Bangkok and proceeded to march to Government House, but had their path temporarily blocked by police cordons behind barriers and barbed wire. The activists managed to break through the cordon and continued to Government House. However, at Chamaimayarachet Bridge, another police blockade had been created to protect nearby Government House, with water cannons on standby.

Buses were also used in the blockade, with a number of protesters climbing on top of one bus to read statements and repeat their call for the PM to go. Activists also handed a large-scale, mock resignation letter to Pakkapong Pongpetra, the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police. The protesters have vowed to return if the PM has not resigned by Sunday.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

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PM prepares to lift State of Emergency, parliament to meet for special session

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PM Prayut Chan-o-cha addressed the nation in a televised speech yesterday evening, saying he’ll lift the State of Emergency order in Bangkok if there is no violence and asks that protesters “turn down the volume on hateful or divisive talk.” Later that night, thousands of protesters gathered in front of the Government House, calling on his resignation.

The prime minister said the pro-democracy protesters have made their voices heard and he’s requested a special parliament session on October 26 and 27 to discuss topics the protesters have raised. He didn’t go into detail, but the protesters have been calling on government reformation and a rewrite of the 2017 Constitution. They’ve also been pushing Prayut to resign.

Many have condemned the government for using violence against peaceful protesters after high-pressure water cannons were used to break up a demonstration last Friday night at the Pathumwan intersection in Bangkok’s central shopping district. In his recent speech, Prayut acknowledged that things will not get better by using the water cannon, but his story about Friday night’s protest is much different. He said “terrible crimes” were committed against police. Apparently, some people used metal rods to attack officers.

He acknowledged that the violent protesters are just a small group. Prayut said there are many protesters, that while breaking the state of emergency order, were still “peaceful, well-meaning people who are genuine in their desire for a better society and a better nation.”

PM Prayut Chan-o-cha’s speech “Let’s de-escalate and let the democratic system work,” broadcasted on Television Pool of Thailand

Fellow citizens, brothers, sisters.

I am talking to you today at a moment in time that I hope people will look back at and say, this was the time when all Thais made the right decision and sacrificed their personal desires for the greater good of their country.

My duty as a national leader is to look after the needs of everyone in this country, and to try and balance sometimes very different and very extreme views so that we can all live together in this one land that belongs to us all and which we all love.

My duty as a national leader is also to ensure peace, personal security, the prosperity of the nation, the protection from dark forces that may seek to damage our country, and fairness to all in society.

In my every action I always think of the huge silent majority throughout the country who struggle, every day, to make an honest living and to look after their family. I must lead the country based on the greater good of society, and the needs of silent people, too. I must lead the country based on principle, the law, and the will of parliament as the ultimate representative of the people.

While I can listen to and acknowledge the demands of protestors, I cannot run the country based on protestor or mob demands.

As we have seen, anyone who leads the government faces the mobs of another opposing group. And ultimately, our country becomes ungovernable and chaos descends.

We must break that cycle. And we must do it together.

We must now step back from the edge of the slippery slope that can easily slide to chaos, where all sides lose control of the situation, where emotions take over our better judgement, violence begets more violence, and, as history has shown us all many times, we can end in a situation where the entire country suffers.

A very important part of what makes every Thai a Thai are our institutions – rooted in our culture and in centuries of tradition and values. When we damage our heritage, we also lose a very important part of what makes us all Thai and what makes us all very special in the world.

Last Friday night, we saw things that should never be in Thailand. We saw terrible crimes being committed against the police using metal rods and huge cutting implements in brutal attacks, with the aim of severely wounding fellow Thais. But when we look deeper, we can also see that, beyond a small group of ruthlessly violent people with bad intentions, that there are also many protestors, who, while they may be breaking the law, were still, peaceful, well-meaning people who are genuine in their desire for a better society and a better nation.

We will not get to such a society by wielding metal bars or the destructive disruption of people’s ability to earn a livelihood, or through offences against institutions that are held in the highest respect.

And, in the same way, we will also not get to a better society through the use of water-cannon.

We will get there through discussion, accommodation, and a willingness to listen to and understand others, and a willingness to compromise. The only way to a lasting solution for all sides that is fair for those on the streets as well as for the many millions who choose not to go on the streets, is to discuss and resolve these differences through the parliamentary process. It is a slow process, but it is one that best avoids injury to our nation. We must show the maturity and patience to take the middle path.

If the protestors seek a solution through tough street action, maybe they will win by side-stepping the parliamentary process. Or maybe they won’t. Both have happened in the past.

If the state seeks to make problems go away through only tough action, maybe it will. Or maybe it won’t. Both have happened in the past, too.

The only sure way to achieve a sustainable, enduring resolution to the problems is to speak to each other, respect the due process of law, and then let the will of the people be resolved in parliament. That is the only way.

The protestors have made their voices and views heard.

It is now time for them to let their views be reconciled with the views of other segments of Thai society through their representatives in parliament. Cabinet has already approved a request to recall parliament for a special session on the 26th and 27th of October, and which is now submitted for royal endorsement.

As the leader of the nation who is responsible for the welfare of all Thais – whether they be protestors or the silent majority with whatever political convictions – I will make the first move to de-escalate this situation.

I am currently preparing to lift the state of severe emergency in Bangkok and will do so promptly if there are no violent incidents.

I ask the protesters to reciprocate with sincerity, to turn down the volume on hateful and divisive talk, and to let us, together, disperse this terrible dark cloud before it moves over our country. Let us respect the law and parliamentary democracy, and let our views be presented through our representatives in parliament.

And while addressing some of these longer-term issues that have been raised, I would like to re-state that there is also work that has to be done to mitigate the terrible suffering caused to people by the global economic crisis created by the Covid virus, and it is work that is also one of our highest priorities at this time.

I am appealing to all sides that we must heal injuries now before they become too deep.

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