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Truck drivers carrying ‘royal supporters’ face charges for travelling on expressways

Caitlin Ashworth



PHOTO: Nation Thailand

6 truck drivers carrying loads of ‘royalists’ to the Democracy Monument, are facing charges pressed by the Expressway Authority of Thailand, or EXAT. The yellow-clad ‘supporters’ of the royal family stood tightly packed on the bed of Department of Law Enforcement trucks, riding down the Kamphaeng Phet-Yommarat tollway. They were all dressed in yellow, a colour that symbolises the Thai Monarchy. Why they were ‘trucked in’ from outer provinces has not been explained at this stage.

Some drivers took photos of the government ‘cheer squad’ packed on the trucks, questioning if they had broken any laws. In fact, they did. EXAT says the drivers violated the 2012 Expressway Traffic Act which prohibits passengers from riding in the bed of a truck without a cover and 2 rows of seats. They also defied the government’s own guidelines, covered under its emergency decree, preventing ‘large gatherings’ without adequate social distancing.

“The expressway authority has filed police complaints against the truck drivers, who will be fined 1,000 baht for breaking the law.”

Toll collectors claimed that from their position seated in the toll booth, they could not see that people were standing in the truck bed.

The royal supporters, either rent-a-crod or real, were on their way to Democracy Monument for the Royal motorcade, which happened to be planned on the same day as a pro-democracy rally. Some royalists were ironically seen raising their hands in the 3 finger salute, which is used by pro-democracy protesters as a symbol of resistance against Thailand’s military-run government.

Other police groups were shipped in from outer provinces, some even travelled from Phuket under command, to put on the yellow shirts, wave small Thai flags and line the streets along the route of this evening’s motorcade.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand


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    Toby Andrews

    Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 6:27 pm

    Slap the cuffs on those law enforcement truck drivers. Off to the slammer with them.
    They cannot be one law for royalists and another for those lovely cuddly innocent student protesters. The students would have been prevented.
    However I am totally neutral in my opinion of the matter . . .

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    Hk chan

    Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 6:54 pm

    Come on thai government, democracy is legel on most modern country. Don’t do that like HongKong and China government.

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    Tim Houston

    Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 7:18 pm

    It is very common to see Myanmar workers carried that way all over Phuket, but hey that doesn’t brake the law since they aren’t Thai.

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    Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 7:53 pm

    A fine of 1000 Baht will teach them a lesson! ;))))

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    Thursday, October 15, 2020 at 12:12 am

    Anti monarchy protests are supported by the same group that is supporting the anti China HK protests.
    The real story is they want a change in Thai law that currently doesn’t allow foreigners to run and own banks in Thailand.
    Protests in HK are about allowing this same group the freedom to move their ill-gotten wealth from China.

    • The Thaiger & The Nation

      The Thaiger & The Nation

      Thursday, October 15, 2020 at 8:25 am

      Please provide evidence of this contention.

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    Thursday, October 15, 2020 at 2:08 am

    That will teach them a good lesson, each of the passengers will have to pay 20 baht each towards the fine 🙂

    No mention of the fact they are packed together in the truck and then packed together in the thousands while the virus is being spread far and wide.

    During my 7-month stay this year in Phuket, I saw all the supermarkets were packed with people with no social distancing, large queues of people bunched together in the street receiving the free food being handed out, yet only 60+ people have died of the virus so far.

    I can’t stop laughing and wondering why people believe such information?

    In the UK there have been tens of thousands of deaths, that is because we have easy access to tests for example I booked a test online last week and was tested three hours later so we know the truth about how many have the virus and have died, but then again we are a democracy.

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    John C.

    Thursday, October 15, 2020 at 7:14 am

    Imagine a monarch so unpopular that they literally have to ship in truckloads of rented supporters.

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      Red Shirt

      Friday, October 16, 2020 at 4:09 am

      Imagine your comment getting published. Amazing.

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    James Pate

    Thursday, October 15, 2020 at 7:54 am

    Honestly? Would you expect the toll booth operators to be able to do anything?

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    Preesy Chepuce

    Sunday, October 18, 2020 at 4:12 am

    Perhaps EXAT are concerned about the possibility of an RTA, with all the implications of that?

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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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Health officials race to vaccinate 70% of Khlong Toey slum residents

Tanutam Thawan



Photo via Facebook/กรุงเทพมหานคร โดยสำนักงานประชาสัมพันธ์

Health officials are racing to vaccinate 70% of residents in Bangkok’s Khlong Toey neighbourhood, the largest slum in the city where hundreds have tested positive for Covid-19 since April. With people living in crowded conditions and many unable to take off work to self-isolate, Thai authorities have been rolling out proactive Covid-19 testing and a mass vaccination campaign in an effort to contain the virus.

A third vaccination unit has been set up in the district at the Port Authority Stadium, adding to the units at Tesco Lotus Rama IV and Wat Khlong Toey School. Around 50,000 of the 80,000 residents in the Khlong Toey slum need to be vaccinated against the coronavirus to reach herd immunity, according to Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang.

As of Sunday, 11,211 people had been vaccinated at the mobile units and each vaccination unit has been handing out 1,000 queue cards each day. With the third vaccination unit, city officials plan to inoculate 2,500 to 3,000 people per day until May 19.

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration launched a proactive testing campaign on April 27 in the Khlong Toey district. Since then, 19,983 people have been tested with 654 people positive for Covid-19. 5,700 people are waiting for the results to come back and the others are negative.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand


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Monday Covid UPDATE: 1,630 new cases and 22 deaths

Tim Newton



Monday’s totals have been announced for Covid-19 infections and new deaths over the past 24 hours. The Thai public health ministry reports 22 deaths and 1,630 infections.

• The only 5 imported Covid-19 cases yesterday were from neighbouring countries, Cambodia, Malaysia and Myanmar. Authorities say that patrols will have to be stepped up at this time to control the illegal border crossings.

All 5 people caught were Thais who were were trying to cross back into Thailand without going through the border checkpoints. They’ve all been admitted to state hospitals.

• 100+ African gemstone traders have tested positive for Covid-19 over the last 4 days in Chanthaburi, east of Bangkok. Authorities have confirmed that none were detected with the African or Indian variants of Covid-19.

The 109 traders tested positive between May 6 – 9.

• 63 new cases of Covid-19 have been announced in Chon Buri today (including Pattaya), a drop from totals reported over the past week. There’s also been 1 additional death reported. 1,507 people remain in medical care for the virus in the province.

• Meanwhile all public service and government offices, including Thai immigration, are closed for Monday. But it’s not a public holiday. Today is the Royal Ploughing Ceremony which is a traditional ceremony to forecast the season’s rice and wet season crops. His Majesty the King usually presides over the annual event at the royal parade grounds of Sanam Luang.


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9 student nurses experience side effects from Sinovac vaccine

Neill Fronde



PHOTO: Side effects were felt by 9 nursing students after receiving the Sinovac vaccine. (via Jernej Furman / Flickr)

After receiving the Sinovac vaccine, 9 student nurses at Thammasat University have complained of side effect according to the Facebook page of the Student Organization of Thammasat University. After 88 student nurses received the Chinese-made vaccine on April 23 and May 5, 2 experienced minor side effects of a little pain in the arm they were vaccinated in, while 7 felt substantial reactions including chest pain, muscle pain, dizziness, fatigue, breathing problems, numbness, and facial tics.

One case of severe side effects was a female nursing student with an underlying allergy who felt fatigued immediately after receiving the jab. she felt better an hour later, but was placed under observation. 2 days later she briefly felt that her legs and hands were numb but soon felt better. Later that evening, symptoms strengthened, with eye and facial spasms, dizziness, fatigue, and weakness in her hands.

She visited a doctor twice for the side effects and the first time was given sleeping pills and vitamin B, but the second time after a blood test, doctors concluded that the symptoms were unrelated to the Sinovac vaccine. She had been previously prescribed Clonazepam, and that prescription was changed to Pyridostigmine.

The remaining more severe side effect sufferers were as follows:

  1. One male nursing student found he had difficulty breathing and dizziness for 3 days after receiving his jab.
  1. A female nursing student reported that just 30 minutes after receiving the injection she felt shortness of breath and the next day had some numbness in her body.
  1. 14 hours after receiving the jab, a female nursing student said that she felt side effects of fatigued and had trouble breathing and had to use pillows to help her breathing difficulties.
  1. Another female student felt muscle pain and dizziness the next day after receiving the vaccine.
  1. A female student ended up receiving Vitamin B and Amitriptyline from a doctor for her side effects. She reported to initially feel something in her arm and hand where she was injected, and then numbness in her left leg and in her fingertips on both hands.
  1. For the 3 days following her inoculation, the last female nursing student had side effects of chest pains and shortness of breath.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World


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