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Burmese nationals rally outside UN office in Bangkok to protest against Myanmar coup

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Hundreds of Burmese nationals gathered outside the United Nations office in Bangkok to protest against the military coup in their home country. Many raised their hands in the 3-finger salute, a symbol of resistance and democracy taken from the movie the Hunger Games and widely used in Thailand’s pro-democracy movement.

Some protesters held photos of Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of Myanmar’s League for Democracy Party. She had won the election in a landslide, but was arrested when he military seized power last week. Some held signs with her picture that said “We are together with you.”

Police say the estimate around 300 Burmese nationals gathered outside the UN’s Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific on Ratchadamnoen Nok Avenue. The protesters wore face masks to abide by Covid-19 prevention measures. The Bangkok Post says the protesters were ordered to end the demonstration because it violates the emergency decree which prevents public gatherings.

Last week, protesters also gathered outside the Myanmar Embassy in Bangkok following the coup in the neighbouring country. Riot police dispersed the crowd and 3 Thais were arrested.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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    Tony

    Sunday, February 7, 2021 at 8:33 pm

    I feel sorry for these people .But in all realty the U.N. is a gravely train for the elite who sit on its council. They portray themselves as a big fire Dragon but unfortunately they have no fuel to light the flames
    Same old over and over again China or Russia veto any sanctions or milarty oppasission they will do nothing but bluster there response as they have in so many previous Coups and invesions in the past.

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      Toby Andrews

      Sunday, February 7, 2021 at 10:39 pm

      Yes I agree with you Tony. The UN are all mouth and no action.
      Stop their wages and they will roar like lions.

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      The edge

      Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 9:29 am

      Only Trump has called the UN out and stopped the payments. They are a leftist front and a waste of any money.
      What is funny is Thailand’s response asking them to live by the Asean pact.i.e. Democratic, open Governance.
      Anti corruption etc etc.
      Of course Thailand is a beacon of all these things.

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    vic

    Sunday, February 7, 2021 at 9:46 pm

    Great opportunity to find new covid cases without disturbing local people…

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    Michael

    Sunday, February 7, 2021 at 11:46 pm

    After this coup, Myanmar looks like Thailand again.

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      The edge

      Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 10:21 am

      5555. To quote Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha “We recall the purposes and the principles enshrined in the Asean Charter, including the adherence to the principles of democracy, the rule of law and good governance, respect for and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms,” said Tuesday’s statement.
      Sounds like Thailand today so yes coming to Myanmar soon!!! Right?
      FYI. The Charter is a legal binding document. Also sounds alot the CCP right?

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    James Pate

    Monday, February 8, 2021 at 5:11 am

    A complex mix of problems. I find it interesting that the Burmese are finally getting some sympathy from at least some segments in Thai society. Although The Lady is a damn sight better than the Generals, she is also an entitled elite, the main difference being that the Generals have tanks and prisons and she doesn’t. Given her inaction on the Rohingya issue, she won’t get the international sympathy she once enjoyed.

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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.

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Thailand acknowledges wildlife markets could be dangerous to humans

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The Thai Ministry of Public Health is being praised after seemingly doing an about face over whether Bangkok’s Chatuchak Weekend Market could be the source of Covid‐19. After health officials denied that the World Health Organisation was investigating the market, a recent Facebook live press conference saw the Ministry acknowledging that wildlife trades may endanger public health.

The recent investigation by the WHO of Wuhan, the province in China where Covid19 is thought to have originated, has concluded that the virus most likely did not come from a laboratory, and instead, came from animals supplied by Chinese wildlife breeding farms, or from infected animals traded somewhere in Southeast Asia. As Chatuchak Market is arguably the region’s largest illegal wildlife trade market, a Danish virologist on the WHO investigation team pointed towards the Bangkok market as a potential source of the Covid19 virus.

Now, the Thai Ministry of Public Health is going to collaborate with the Ministry of Environment and its Department of National Parks to closely inspect Chatuchak market, and roll out a joint plan to increase wildlife protection and stop the wild animal trade in markets.

Southeast Asia has historically supplied most of China’s wildlife trade, which the virologist sees as worrisome. As commercially traded animals can carry pathogens that could compromise a human’s immune system. For example, in 2019, zebras that were legally imported into Thailand, carried a small fly species that jumped to local horses, causing African Horse Sickness. The mortality rate was over 90%, causing over 600 horse deaths.

Some animals are especially susceptible to viruses hosted by bats, such as the SARS virus. That virus jumped from a civet cat that was infected by a bat. Other viruses that are thought to have jumped from bats to other animals include rabies and Ebola. Minks and Pangolins have also been discovered to carry a coronavirus and are still being commercially traded in Southeast Asia today.

In a spotcheck carried out by Freeland, a global nonprofit organisation, Chatuchak Market is still selling ferrets, coati, civets, polecats, mongoose, raccoons, meerkats, scarlet macaws, capybara, african gray parrots, cougars, multiple species of turtles, snakes, rodents and lizards from Latin America, Africa and Australia.

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Health officials deny WHO investigation into Bangkok’s Chatuchak market as potential origin of Covid

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Health officials in Thailand are denying reports that the World Health Organisation is investigating Chatuchak market in Bangkok in ongoing efforts to establish the origin of Covid-19. The reports have surfaced in Danish media, following a WHO visit to Wuhan last month, with doubt hanging over the theory that the pandemic started in the central Chinese city.

Nation Thailand reports that the Department of Disease Control has held a press briefing in which it refutes suggestions the virus could have come from wildlife traded at Chatuchak market. The market has previously come under fire from animal welfare and wildlife protection organisations. In 2016, research by wildlife protection group Traffic pointed to the market’s ongoing illegal trade in protected bird species, while an earlier report highlighted the market’s role in the illegal trade of freshwater turtles and tortoises.

Despite several conservation experts pointing to the risks associated with the wildlife trade, Chawetsan Namwat from the DDC denies the suggestion the WHO is investigating the market for potential links to Covid-19. He says the media reports are based on evidence that the Thai horseshow bat carries another SARS virus that shares over 91% of its genetic code with the Covid-19 virus. He adds that this virus cannot be transmitted to humans, saying the DDC’s advice continues to be that humans should not consume wild animals.

“This is just an academic assumption, not absolute truth. We are constantly monitoring the animal-trading zone in Chatuchak weekend market. Even if there is no clear evidence on the origin of this virus, we still need to be vigilant and maintain strong disease-prevention measures.”

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In this brief video, Chris our Thaiger ‘adventure’ Vlogger, takes you on a ride through the Chao Phraya River…on a jet ski! There are plenty of ways for tourists to take the well-trodden path of temple-hopping whilst in Thailand. THIS is a very fresh view of some of the famous river’s lesser known temples.

You can stop off and a look around (make sure you’re dressed appropriately) during your very-own river trip. The Chao Phraya River is the main river that runs through Thailand, and for 2,500 Thai baht you can rent out a jet ski and do some temple hopping as well as speeding your way around Ko Kret.

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