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After protest cleared, Government House hosts first foreign minister since the Covid-19 outbreak

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After all the commotion outside Bangkok’s Government House this morning, with the protest broken up by a State of Emergency order and at least 20 people arrested, Thailand welcomed the first foreign minister since the Covid-19 outbreak.

China’s foreign minister Wang Yi visited PM Prayut Chan-o-cha at the Government House today, the first since the pandemic. He arrived after pro-democracy protesters were cleared from the area following the newly imposed emergency decree banning public gathering with more than 5 people. The protesters intended to set up camp outside the Government House for a few days to put pressure on Prayut Chan-o-cha to resign.

At their meeting, Wang and Prayut spoke about economic trade between the 2 countries, recognising that China is a top trading partner for Thailand and a main investor in many Eastern Economic Corridor mega development projects.

Wang and Prayut also complimented each other on tackling the Covid-19 pandemic. Wang says Thailand has implemented successful health measures to control the spread of the coronavirus. Prayut praised China’s research and development of a Covid-19 vaccine which is now in phase 3 of testing.

SOURCE: Pattaya News

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    szalpet

    October 15, 2020 at 6:53 pm

    The true narrative goes: “Wang says Thailand has implemented successful measures to control its citizens.” XD

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    Leo Z

    October 15, 2020 at 9:44 pm

    It’s only fitting that the government would meet with a foreign minister representing an authoritarian/dictatorial regime.

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    Toby Andrews

    October 15, 2020 at 11:48 pm

    Did the foreign minister go through 14 days quarantine?
    No of course not – a silly question.

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      Ken

      October 16, 2020 at 8:31 am

      I was thinking the same. Did he even do a covid test? Does he have the health insurance required. I guess not as well.

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      Maag

      October 16, 2020 at 8:43 am

      I dont think so…..

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    Man in Canada

    October 16, 2020 at 4:40 am

    China is a brutal dictatorship. It is a police surveillance state. It has incarcerated one million citizens in re-education camps. No doubt the foreign minister is offering to assist the PM to suppress and incarcerate the protesters. Terrible.

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      Jack

      October 16, 2020 at 8:46 am

      I lived and worked in China for eight years. Like most Westerners, your willingness to spout hypocritical and ignorant BS about China knows no bounds. Your thoughts on Guantanamo, the wars on Iraq, Libya, Yemen, Syria; the economic wars on Venezuela, Iran, Cuba, Russia; the unconditional support of the stealth genocide of the Palestinian people?

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        thatsit

        October 16, 2020 at 10:48 am

        +1

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        Jill

        October 16, 2020 at 6:40 pm

        Why are you trying to deflect the CCP Regimes glaring violation of its citizens rights by listing other topics of discussion? Seems to me that you are one of those misguided citizens that has been computed to defend the CCP at all cost.

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        Man in Canada

        October 16, 2020 at 8:34 pm

        Yeah right. The Chinese Communists are just wonderful. They forcefully assimilated the population of Tibet. They are doing the same in Xinjiang where they have incarcerated one million people in so-called re-education camps (they are concentration camps with forced labour). Now they are doing the same in Gansu. They routinely threaten to invade the sovereign state of Taiwan and annex it by force. They claim the entire South China Sea all the way south to Sawawak as their sovereign territory and build military bases there. They operate an all pervasive police surveillance state to monitor the personal lives of millions of people. The internet is censored. There is no free press. There is no free speech. Dissidents in foreign countries are kidnapped and disappear. China is like Nazi Germany in the 1930s.

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    Maag

    October 16, 2020 at 8:44 am

    A nice pair !

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

Protests

Some Thai students decide to boycott their graduation

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Their Majesties the King and Queen of Thailand will attend Thammasat University’s graduation ceremonies tonight and tomorrow evening. But there’s been a growing contingent of graduates who are boycotting the ceremony as a personal protest in relation to current rallies around Thailand about government and constitutional reform.

The night, the biggest night of a student’s schooling, is a special event for many Thai students when a member of the Royal Family frequently attend the ceremonies to confer the degrees in a parade of passing students.

The protests, that started back in July by a core of university students, openly mentioning the reform of the Thai Monarchy for the first time, have now morphed into a common thread of discussion in social media. The role of the Thai Monarch, in the past a taboo topic for polite conversation in Thailand, is now being subjected to frequent media coverage and discussion.

Usually a night to remember for many students, it’s not completely uncommon for graduating students to miss the commencement ceremony. The highly choreographed graduation ceremonies are voluntary although the chance to accept their certificate from a member of the Royal Family, including the photo that would take pride of place in homes around Thailand, is usually not passed up.

Now a rump of students, not only at Thammasat, are taking the opportunity for a significant personal protest, and deciding to forgo the ceremonies and make their own symbolic statement about the current protest issues. In most cases the events involve an entire day of rehearsals, culminating in mere seconds as they receive their rolled-up certificate in a regimented, solemn and formal ceremony. There can also be quite a lot of costs involved with the hiring of graduation garments with strict dress codes surpassing the wardrobes of many of the young students.

One post itemised the costs including up to 500 baht for a new skirt, a 1,000 baht for hair and grooming, including a hair cut and dyeing their hair back to black if they’d decided to go ‘colour’ during their studies, and a pair of shoes for up to 1,000 baht. Then there’s make-up fees, a photographer (some graduation photos can be ‘event’ in themselves), both adding another 6,000-10,000 baht to the costs.

Some protesters earlier this month announced on social media posts that they were missing their graduation describing it as a “superfluous and onerous event”. Although plenty of graduates have missed the ceremonies in the past for various reasons, now they’re posting about their boycott, complete with explanations calling for reforms for the role of Thailand’s Head of State.

Some graduates have also taken to social media explaining why they will be attending the graduation ceremonies, in most cases saying they will attend for the benefit of their parents.

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Protests

Court rejects bid to arrest activists who led march on German Embassy

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A bid to apprehend 5 anti-government activists, who led a march to the Germany Embassy on Monday from the Sam Yan intersection, has failed, after a court in Bangkok rejected a police application for arrest warrants. The Bangkok South Criminal Court has turned down an application from Pitak Suthikul, acting superintendent of Thungmahamek police in Bangkok.

Pitak had requested arrest warrants for Passarawalee Thanakijwibulpol, Korakot Sangyenpan, Chanin Wongsri, Cholathit Chotsawas, and Benja Apan, who would have faced charges of sedition and other offences, if taken into custody. However, the court told officials to instead issue a summons, given that the protesters are students who only gathered for a short time and are unlikely to flee.

On Monday, protesters marched to the German Embassy to submit a petition calling on the country’s government to investigate whether Thailand’s Head of State conducted official business while in Germany. The German government has responded to confirm there has been no violation of the country’s ban on conducting foreign politics on German soil.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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Tests show Samui woman did not contract virus at quarantine hotel

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Tests carried out by the Disease Control Department show that the woman who tested positive for Covid-19 after being discharged from quarantine and travelling to Koh Samui, did not become infected at the quarantine facility. Dr Sopon Iamsirithaworn says the results do not match those of 2 other guests who tested positive at the hotel in Samut Prakan, just outside Bangkok.

Tests show that the woman, who has dual Thai/French citizenship, contracted the infection 17 days earlier. However, Sopon says that while officials are still unsure as to where she became infected, the existing guidelines for quarantine facilities need to be reviewed.

“Though we haven’t found the source of her infection, we still have to revise our guidelines for alternative state quarantine sites and cut down the risk of spreading the virus.”

A national quarantine policy, currently at draft stage, sets out strict safety and hygiene standards for all quarantine facilities to adhere to. The guidelines cover everything from screening for suspected cases, data collection and reporting, as well as the provision of services and overall management of the venues. Health officials are also proposing cutting quarantine to 10 days and using movement tracing for an additional 4 days after guests are discharged.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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