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Many Thais are condemning police after officers in riot gear beat a medical volunteer at Saturday’s protest outside the Supreme Court near Sanam Luang in Bangkok. Photos circulated on Twitter of the man on the ground surrounded by police in riot gear. The man was wearing a bright yellow medic vest (confirmed). Many used a hashtag which translates to #policebeatingmedic.

UPDATE: The man has been confirmed as a “medical volunteer/nurse”.

The Rural Doctor Society, a group of Thai doctors, also condemned the violence and released a statement demanding legal action against the officers involved. They say the incident a serious violation of human rights. The Bangkok Post says Metropolitan Police Bureau commissioner Pakkapong Pongpetra defended the officers and said the man was in the area during a clash with protesters and officers had warned people to end the rally.

Protesters were calling on the end to Thailand’s draconian lèse majesté law, which carries an up to 15 year prison sentence for insulting the Thai Monarchy. They also called on the release of 4 prominent protest leaders who are in court detention on lèse majesté charges for statements they made at political rallies.

The rally started at the Democracy Monument and protesters marched to the City Pillar Shrine. Police in riot gear blocked the Supreme Court compound, but allowed 4 protest leaders to enter the shrine and seek blessings for the rally. At that point, the was a clash between some of the protesters and police. Tear gas cans were found at the scene, but the city police chief says officers at the rally did not use tear gas.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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66 Comments

66 Comments

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    Jesus Monroe

    Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 8:09 pm

    Ironic that someone there to help someone hurt is hurt by someone there to help

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      Terrence

      Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 8:30 pm

      That’s very poetic.

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      Ynwaps

      Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 9:35 pm

      don’t do meth

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      PPete

      Monday, February 15, 2021 at 6:51 am

      From what I saw of the BLM riots in the US, “medic” is what they call anyone injured by the cops. Sounds better than “rioter”, which is what they were. Never had any medical training or any medical supplies, just rioters like all the rest.

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        Issan John

        Monday, February 15, 2021 at 4:08 pm

        As is now clear, he wasn’t a “medic” at all.

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        Issan John

        Monday, February 15, 2021 at 5:25 pm

        To clarify, the Doctors and Nurses Association (DNA) have confirmed that he was a “volunteer medic” with them but NOT a “nurse” or a “medic” as he had no medical qualifications.

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    Jim kelly

    Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 9:03 pm

    ‘NAZIS!!!’

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    Jim kelly

    Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 9:39 pm

    Changing the subject… Does anyone know why BILL WYMAN was never convicted of having sex with Mandy Smith when she was 15 years old!? Very puzzling!

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      Toby Andrews

      Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 10:38 pm

      Yes I know.
      Mandy Smith’s mother would not go into court, and told her daughter not to go into court.
      Both of them made a great deal of money out of the deal with Bill Wyman.
      What was Mandy Smith doing in the Tramps club at 15 year of age?

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    Ian

    Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 9:48 pm

    Now can the government and police sympathisers with this dictatorship condemn this or you all gone quiet all of a sudden, these police are scum of the lowest level I’m so glad it was caught on camera I so hope the guy recovers fully

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    Patrick Kelly

    Monday, February 15, 2021 at 1:10 am

    Draconian measures are in the middle innings. This horror show for the poor & disadvantaged will get worse before it gets better. Government apologists are taking a page out of the Chinese Communist Party. After all, being China’s mistress has taught you well.

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    Issan John

    Monday, February 15, 2021 at 1:27 am

    The problem is, Ian, that whatever happened WASN’T “caught on camera” despite the claim by Khaosod so it’s impossible to either condemn or defend it.

    The video is accompanied by:

    “Warning: Graphic Content. This shocking video shows a group of riot police officers shoving a man who wore a vest identifying himself as a medic to the ground and beating him with truncheons close to the Grand Palace on Saturday night.”

    If you look at the video, though, it doesn’t show that.

    It shows a man wearing a yellow hi-vis vest, with nothing on it identifying him as a medic, with no medical bag or any sign of a bag, being man-handled from the pavement to a group of police in the road by first one policeman in basic riot gear (helmet, shield and baton) then two, then pushed to the road at the kerb behind a group of police where, according to the reporter shouting his commentary and filming, he is arrested.

    There is no footage of what led to the arrest, nothing to identify him as a medic, no sign of any medical bag which is rather odd if he was there as a “medic”, and rather more importantly, NO video of anyone “beating him with truncheons”.

    It’s simply more appallingly bad, sensationalist reporting by Khaosod.

    He may have been “beaten” by the police, or he may not, but despite the “Warning: Graphic Content etc” it isn’t in the video so it’s impossible to say.

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      Stardust

      Monday, February 15, 2021 at 11:43 am

      Issan Adolf, like always is on the side of any dictaors. He is defending his beloved dictaors and spread for them the propaganda and fake newss. For ccp China, Myanmar, little Kim from North Korea etc. This loosers not understand the world will never accept dirty dictators and Nazis. Also they not understand the truth will always win, never mind how much Propaganda or fake news they are spreading. They are already worry because the world put them on the radar and also the forces are in the south china sea and watch the bad guys

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    Ian

    Monday, February 15, 2021 at 1:47 am

    Once again ij you come up trumps for this corrupt dictatorship and police why cant you just for once say they are corrupt and bad but no you can’t because your scared of your visa being revoked a d havi g to come back to the uk with your tail between your legs your version of the events are what the Thai police will love, the true version was thier for all to see I’m not even gonna start pulling your fake version of the incident to bits your just not worth my time We all know what you are and the words I would use would not be printed but how can you live with yourself knowing what you write just pisses people off on a daily basis and your article above just proves this you have totally turned it around for your own spiteful version

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      Issan John

      Monday, February 15, 2021 at 2:19 am

      I’ve not “come up trumps” for anyone, Ian – I’ve simply taken the time to look at the video which is obviously more than you’ve done.

      I’m not in any position to give either a “fake version of the incident” or a “true” one, nor a “spiteful version” as I wasn’t there.

      The video, though, very clearly doesn’t show what’s been reported as a number of people commenting on Twitter have remarked.

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        James R

        Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 12:10 am

        Issan John

        It is the same story all over again, if you say something is not true or there is no proof of what they are claiming then the nutters will accuse you of being a patsy or a sheeple etc.

        I find this happens when someone tells me the virus etc is all made up, I just tell them if the few doctor and nurses I know tell me they have no patients in their hospital then I will also decide it is all made up

        But in fact they tell me first hand the hospitals have overflowed recently with too many patients with the virus. (Now getting better re the number of sick).

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      Michael

      Monday, February 15, 2021 at 7:32 am

      It will not happen. In Thailand nobody is corrupt. If you want to believe Issan John.

      In a discussion some time ago he even defended child prostitution in Thailand. The children would have chosen to become prostitutes themselves.

      Nothing bad about Thailand!

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        Issan John

        Monday, February 15, 2021 at 7:44 am

        No, Michael, that’s completely untrue, I have never “defended child prostitution in Thailand” or anywhere else, and I’ve been very clear about the level of corruption in Thailand, and had no hesitation in highlighting what’s “bad about Thailand”.

        Rather sad that you have to resort to making up ad hominems, but par for the course.

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    Issan John

    Monday, February 15, 2021 at 2:06 am

    Khaosod’s reporting is simply bad – rubbish, and that’s being generous.

    The video on Twitter that purports to show the “medic” being “beaten”, but doesn’t, is followed by a still photo captioned

    “BREAKING: A photo taken by Khaosod photographer earlier tonight shows a police officer armed with a firearm rushing towards demonstrators. It is not immediately clear what type of firearm it was, and whether it was actually fired on protesters.”

    It very clearly doesn’t show anything like that.

    Instead, it shows the police officer with the “firearm” staying an arm’s length behind two police in riot gear carrying shields, none of whom are “rushing” anywhere, just in front of a double line of police with shields who are clearly not “rushing” either as the front rank are kneeling down.

    It’s also “immediately clear” what type of “firearm” it is, as it’s a Remington Wingmaster 870.

    The only thing noteworthy about the photo is that not only are none of the police wearing respirators, making it clear that teargas wasn’t used, but a number aren’t even carrying respirators so there was obviously no intention to use teargas.

    It’s simply sensationalist, bad reporting by Khaosod which would be laughable if it wasn’t taken at face value and repeated.

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      Das

      Monday, February 15, 2021 at 3:13 am

      The video starts with the man in question clearly disorientated and being pushed to the ground by a policeman – it’s perfectly possible he had a medic bag prior to this and we can even see an object of similar colour nearby. He is then kicked and beaten by others, some very obviously using truncheons. I know you like to consider yourself a bit of an edgy contrarian, but you are simply proving yourself to be a myopic edgelord. Quite pathetic and unfortunately merely one of millions that have increasingly infested comment sections on the Internet in recent times.

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        Issan John

        Monday, February 15, 2021 at 4:25 am

        Das, that’s simply completely untrue.

        The video does NOT “start with the man in question clearly disorientated and being pushed to the ground by a policeman”.

        That’s a direct lie. There’s no other way to describe it.

        It’s impossible to know if he’s “disorientated” or not as there’s nothing in the video before he’s grabbed.

        He’s not “pushed to the ground by a policeman” as he’s pushed by one policeman, on his feet, from the right hand side of a tree, on the pavement, towards the kerb where a second policeman joins pushing him into the road, and only then, when he’s in the road in a group of police, is he “pushed to the ground”.

        It’s then impossible to see if he’s “kicked and beaten”, and the vocal reporter never says that he is, which is a little odd if he saw it happening but didn’t say so as he was giving a running commentary, but only says that he’s being “arrested”.

        The police all have their riot shields in their left hands/arms and their batons in the right, so any raising their right hand have no option but to raise their baton at the same time.

        He may have been “kicked and beaten” but there’s no way of knowing from the video, and even the Twitter from Khaosod and their reports never say that he’s “kicked”. None of them do.
        That’s simply an embellishment that you’ve added yourself.

        If you think the video shows what you say, then give the points in the video when it happens.

        Yes, it’s “perfectly possible he had a medic bag” but there’s no sign of one when the first policeman grabs him, he doesn’t drop one, nor is there anything resembling one anywhere near where he’s standing. It’s pure speculation on your part.

        The personal comments don’t even warrant a response, so I’m not going down that route.

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          Das

          Monday, February 15, 2021 at 10:07 am

          Wtf planet are you on? Maybe you’re watching a different video to everyone else. Take the VHS out and kook at the label. Does it have ‘Disney’ on it? Worse than a flat-earther pal.

          “Don’t argue with an idiot. You will always lose.” I’m checking out here…

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            Issan John

            Monday, February 15, 2021 at 10:44 am

            So, Das, you can’t detail a single point in the Twitter video that supports anything you said?

            Not even one?

            No surprises there at all.

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      Stardust

      Monday, February 15, 2021 at 12:07 pm

      Issan Adolf we noticed you like to write Esan with “SS” and natives from Esan will not like or agree.

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        Issan John

        Monday, February 15, 2021 at 12:21 pm

        We’ve been over through this before. There are a number of recognised ways of spelling อีสาน in English, including Isaan / Issan / Isarn / Issarn / Esan / Esarn, the most common being Isan. As someone else already used that here as an NdP I used Issan.

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          David Mann

          Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 10:04 pm

          ??????

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    Ian

    Monday, February 15, 2021 at 2:20 am

    I rest my case ij there’s no saving you if these people don’t win thier fight Thailand will not be on anybody’s holiday or retirement list in a few years time it’s already losing people as we speak daily who are finding other destinations to go to even after this madness(covid) subsides

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    Ian

    Monday, February 15, 2021 at 4:08 am

    Das obviously ij never saw any of this he saw what his depraved and biased mind wanted him to see but he’s getting old ,people lose thier marbles as we say in uk ,obviously he’s losing his maybe time for the old people’s home ij please don’t come back to England we have enough scroungers without another adding to the benefits system

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      Das

      Monday, February 15, 2021 at 10:18 am

      Doubt the loonball had any marbles to start with. Probably just an empty crack pipe rattling around in a cavernous void. I can’t tell if he’s seen this video in 8K on a 60″ screen or on a Nokia 3310. Either way, I think it’s best to ignore his redundant ramblings, as difficult as that may be.

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    Grumpy John

    Monday, February 15, 2021 at 5:11 am

    Before the ascension of Lord Prayut and his band of loyal followers we had the period of unrest where some people were killed, buildings burnt and hand grenades thrown. Will we be visiting the same level of unrest this year…or will it get much worse???

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      Issan John

      Monday, February 15, 2021 at 7:11 am

      Quite possibly, Grumpy J, although I think it’s very unlikely – people have other things to worry about.

      Plenty of examples of “police violence” there, but this all too clearly isn’t one of them or remotely in the same league – nothing to do with the government, necessarily, though.

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    Geoff

    Monday, February 15, 2021 at 6:02 am

    “what appears to be…etc.”? Was he, or wasn’t he?
    The mob effect of poor journalism and social media – deliberate or not?

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      Issan John

      Monday, February 15, 2021 at 7:38 am

      You can see for yourself in the video, Geoff, although very few here and elsewhere seem interested in what it actually shows (or fails to show).

      You can’t see the front clearly, but from the back it’s very clearly a bog-standard high-vis yellow vest with nothing to identify the wearer as a “medic” or anything else.

      He’s not carrying a medical bag or a bag of any description, and the only bag anywhere near him is a white plastic carrier bag a couple of metres away from where he’s grabbed at the start of the video, which has been edited to remove any context or any explanation of why he was being filmed.

      I’ve never seen a “first responder” or “medic” wearing flip-flops to work in these circumstances, as he is, but to be fair that’s hardly conclusive.

      Simply appalling journalism, coincidentally ( ? ) from the same journalist I’d commented on in the previous article on the protest as he’d been telling protesters what to do and where to go.

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        Issan John

        Monday, February 15, 2021 at 12:28 pm

        After re-running and zooming in on the vest / whatever he’s wearing, Geoff, the front can be seen when he’s on the ground and it clearly isn’t a “bright yellow medic vest”.

        He may be a medic, he may not, but he’s certainly not wearing a “bright yellow medic vest” from any Rescue group such as Sawang Boriboon.

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    Issan John

    Monday, February 15, 2021 at 7:04 am

    Ian, you clearly still haven’t even looked at the video.

    If you have, then detail the point in the 27 second clip where he’s “pushed to the ground by a policeman”, not by three.

    The point where he’s “beaten by others, some very obviously using truncheons”.

    (I’m happy to overlook that no police in the video and none of the riot police are actually carrying “truncheons” as that’s nit-picking).

    Just detail the exact points in the video where I’ve missed all this – for example:

    0:00 – he’s grabbed by the FIRST policeman, on the pavement, on the right side of a tree with a low fence round it, and pushed, on his feet, towards the road on the left.

    The area around them is completely clear, apart from a white plastic carrier bag over two metres away – there is no “object of similar colour nearby”.

    0:01 – 0:02 – he’s grabbed and pushed by the SECOND policeman.

    0:03 – he’s pushed by a THIRD policeman.

    0:04 – the reporter says “they’re going to arrest him”.

    0:04 – 0:05 – he’s pushed over the kerb and THEN “pushed to the ground” in the group of police.

    0:06 – he’s hit once, on the back, not excessively hard, with a baton.

    0:07 – the reporter says “they beat him badly”.

    0:07 – 0:10 – he’s on the ground, clearly visible, face down, with police close around him.

    0:12 – 0:16 – he’s out of camera shot, obscured.

    0:14 – the reporter again says “they beat him badly”, but he’s not in camera shot.

    0:17 – 0:18 – he’s in camera shot, briefly.

    0:20 – the reporter says “many police”

    0:27 – the video ends.

    It’s impossible to put the incident in any sort of context as the edited video only starts after he’s already been grabbed by the police, with nothing to suggest what had happened before or explain why it was being filmed.

    I’m not condoning police violence or excessive use of force anywhere, but anyone who thinks this is an example of “police violence” and someone being badly “kicked and beaten” can’t have seen any news programmes for the last several decades or recently showing “police violence” at protests in the UK, US, France, Germany, Holland, India, Russia, Hong Kong, China, or anywhere else – or, for that matter, any showing genuine “police violence” in Thailand.

    I’m perfectly happy to condemn the police in Thailand for corruption or for “police violence” when they’re guilty of it, and there’s no shortage of examples of both, but this simply isn’t one of them.

    So far the police have acted with considerable and commendable restraint – far more than any Western police forces have done under similar circumstances. Had they overstepped the mark similarly that wouldn’t excuse it in any way, but they didn’t.

    It’s simply hypocrisy of the worst order for those who’ve never put their lives on the line or themselves at risk, as police do everywhere even here, to say that “these police are scum of the lowest level” based on this video.

    It’s pure hypocrisy, racism and prejudice and I’m genuinely ashamed to be from the same country as people like Ian.

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      David Mann

      Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 12:32 am

      Ultracrepidarian IJ. Look it up

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    Ian

    Monday, February 15, 2021 at 12:16 pm

    Ij your not from my country we have disowned you
    I was a soldier for 12 yrs never disrespect my loyalty to my country
    Your a sad old man who just pisses every e one off on a daily basis
    Thaiger can’t you just block him please

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      Stardust

      Monday, February 15, 2021 at 12:35 pm

      Issan Adolf not understands universal laws. He can repeat 1000 times 1+1=6 but it always will be 2. He want to defen the undefendable and is 24 hours on his keyboard for spreading propaganda for all his beloved dictators. But the universal laws are not with him he will never win against the universal laws. As above so below

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        Issan John

        Monday, February 15, 2021 at 12:51 pm

        What “universal laws”, Stardust? Rather like the Indo Pacific Treaty, there are no such thing.

        I’m not “defending” anything or anyone – if you think my detail of the video is incorrect, then feel free to detail exactly where it differs from it.

        Or not …

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    Issan John

    Monday, February 15, 2021 at 12:37 pm

    Ian, time in the Girl Guides doesn’t make you a “soldier” or mean that you’re representative of your country. Had you spent any time on the streets on Banner you’d know the level of violence that was both standard and acceptable in these situations in the UK, but your comments make it abundantly clear that you don’t.

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    Ian

    Monday, February 15, 2021 at 3:39 pm

    Ij you are a Englishman in a foreign land as a guest, you spill hatred on a daily basis your life is consumed with this so sad a old horrible man you are and to think I put my life on the line for your freedom so you can spill your crap hourly can you not read how hated you are .

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      Issan John

      Monday, February 15, 2021 at 3:59 pm

      Don’t fool yourself, Ian – you’ve never put your life on the line for my freedom or anyone else’s.

      If you had, you’d know at least a little bit about what the police and military have done in the UK, and elsewhere, under similar circumstances, and what’s not just acceptable but commendable … but somehow you don’t.

      … odd that … but no odder than your or Das’s complete inability to detail any specifics in the video that contradict events as I’ve given them.

      Oh dear 😮

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        Pedro

        Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 12:05 am

        I have IJ. I put my life on the line almost on a daily basis since I was 18 with 14 years in the British Army followed by a full career in the UK Police followed by working for UN and other international outfits in trouble spots and war zones around the world, but according to you in previous posts, my asking for your qualifications and experience to make comments about Police and Military tactics was wrong, yet here you are asking for the same from others. Hypocritical to the core. You are just a sad armchair critic. I have been on the police side during demo’s. We always aimed for a peaceful outcome, and always used a proportionate response to violence as you cannot uphold the law by breaking the law, and assaulting someone is against the law except in certain exceptions. You have to always justify your actions, or will you now once again use your vast lack of operational experience and tell me one more time that I have got it wrong and that I do not know what I am talking about?

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    Issan John

    Monday, February 15, 2021 at 4:23 pm

    What I find mildly amusing about this is that if you look at the original video posted on Twitter by Khaosod, the “high vis vest” he’s wearing is very clearly completely blank on the back, with no logo and no additional reflective tape anywhere.

    … but if you look at the recent still photographs supposedly showing the same person sitting in the road surrounded by police, the “high vis jacket” is not only a different colour but a large medic logo has appeared on the back along with several bands of reflective tape.

    Magic! 😮

    You just can’t make this stuff up, as the pictures are very clearly of at least a different jacket if not a completely different person.

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    Geoff

    Monday, February 15, 2021 at 4:28 pm

    Manipulation? Entirely possible. Come on Thaiger, get your ace reporters to track down the truth.

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      Issan John

      Monday, February 15, 2021 at 4:51 pm

      I doubt the photo’s been “manipulated”,Geoff.

      REPORTEDLY what happened was that Purapon Wongchiak was trying to help a more senior “medical assistant” start his motorbike to get away from the scene when they were both stopped by the police and both arrested separately.

      It’s clearly a completely different jacket in the Twitter video and in the more recent still photos, and the road also looks different.

      You don’t need sophisticated equipment to see that – just to compare the two, which is very easy and takes a few seconds to find them with a search.

      It’s obvious they’re two very different jackets, and my guess would be that while the video’s clearly of Purapon Wongchiak the still photo showing the logo’d jacket is very probably his more senior mate, from the same organisation, after he’s been arrested just up the road.

      You don’t need to be Sherlock to work it out 🙂

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        Geoff

        Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 5:40 am

        The scenario, not the photo. (exit left, with a shake of head).

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          Issan John

          Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 8:15 am

          One and the same thing – the photos simply confirm it.

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        Issan John

        Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 8:20 am

        After another look, it’s not only a completely different hi-vis vest, but a completely different shirt 😮

        In the video he’s wearing a long sleeved shirt, in the still photo it’s a short sleeved one 😮

        Magic 😮 😮 😮

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    Ian

    Monday, February 15, 2021 at 4:31 pm

    You just can’t admit your a symphasiser with this corrupt dictatorship and turn every incident to your own gratification and lies the man has clearly been attacked, you going blind in your old age I’ve done with you you spiteful nasty person the people can judge for themselves

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      Issan John

      Monday, February 15, 2021 at 4:58 pm

      Why would I “admit” I’m a “sympathiser” when I’ve spelt out repeatedly exactly what I think of the legitimacy of the current government and the constitution that justified their election?

      … and I’m not commenting on what MIGHT have happened, simply on what’s in the video which bears no relation to what Das said.

      I don’t see what’s hard to understand about that.

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    Issan John

    Monday, February 15, 2021 at 4:36 pm

    … and according to the DNA / Doctor and Nurse Association, whose logo magically appears on the back of the hi-vis vest in still photos along with reflective stripes that weren’t there before, while Purapon Wongchiak, the individual concerned was one of their “medical volunteers”, he was NOT a “nurse” and had no medical qualifications.

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    Ian

    Monday, February 15, 2021 at 4:40 pm

    I do just wonder ij are you claiming a pension from the country you so despise each day (England) 555

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      Issan John

      Monday, February 15, 2021 at 5:22 pm

      The wondering appears to have over-burdened you.

      I don’t “despise” the UK in the slightest, I’m just increasingly ashamed and saddened of what it’s become over the last few years courtesy of dross like you.

      … and FWIW I’m some way off being old enough for a state pension, although I’m still getting paid by the UK for my services as I have been for the last 45 years or so.

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        David Mann

        Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 7:22 am

        ??????. Services ????

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    Ian

    Monday, February 15, 2021 at 6:12 pm

    Services to what being a traffic warden you low life You are the scum england has got rid of

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      Issan John

      Monday, February 15, 2021 at 6:26 pm

      … and your taxes are still paying me 😮 😮 :0

      … evidently the UK values my services rather more highly than yours 😮 😮 😮

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    Ian

    Monday, February 15, 2021 at 6:47 pm

    I still work and add to my economy not run away and live in a wood hut oh please go away you dad horrible man

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    Ian

    Monday, February 15, 2021 at 6:58 pm

    Ps can’t be much of a pension living in a wooden hut in a rice field 555

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    Jim kelly

    Monday, February 15, 2021 at 9:28 pm

    Yes, Toby, interesting about Mandy Smith. Peedo Bill obviously came away unscathed by all of it. I believe their eventual marriage lasted what..? about a year??
    Is “TRAMPS” the same venue HRH PRINCE ANDREW goes to??

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    Issan John

    Monday, February 15, 2021 at 10:13 pm

    Hello. I am Issan John.

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      Issan John

      Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 1:42 am

      Well done, whoever you are – that’s why I had the courtesy not to use someone else’s name.

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    Toby Andrews

    Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 10:13 am

    Well the police have admitted he WAS a medic, who happened to become mixed up in the riot.
    Read refuses bail request, just on.

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    Issan John

    Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 1:49 pm

    No, Toby, they said that he was listed as a “volunteer medic” with the DNA. Not “a medic”.

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    Geoff

    Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 3:13 pm

    Ij – you are a stalker.

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    Geoff

    Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 3:17 pm

    Thaiger – thanks for the updates on the man’s status.
    Even medical volunteers can have bad intentions however.

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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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Bangkok motorists are being told to avoid areas where protests are planned to take place today. Kasetsart intersection, Lat Phrao intersection, Rachaprasong shopping district’s Central World shopping mall and 11th Infantry Regiment barracks in Bangkhen are the sites where demonstrators are set to infiltrate.

The Metropolitan Police Commissioner says he is most concerned about the Lat Phrao intersection, due to the Redem or Restart Democracy group planning to hold a leaderless protest, which has been prone to violence in the past as demonstrated last Sunday. The group is an offset of the Free Youth movement, which is one of the main groups that have been demonstrating against the military-backed government.

The Redem protesters plan to march from the Lat Phrao intersection to the Criminal Court on Ratchadapisek Road, despite a law announced in the Royal Gazette last night which banned protests, mass gatherings and assemblies. The law stated the reasoning was not political, citing fears over Covid-19 instead.

The newly announced law would give the government a wider range of power in enforcing such public gatherings, with law-breakers being subjected to up to a 40,000 baht fine or up to 2 years in jail. The Redem group is expected to demand the release of core Ratsadon leaders and others being held in jail without bail.

The Ratsadon group reached the outskirts of Bangkok yesterday, after a nearly 250 kilometre-long march from the Thao Suranaree statue in Korat province’s Muang district province. But they were met by police who tried to prevent them from marching further into Bangkok, but eventually allowed them to keep marching until they reached the Kasetsart intersection. The group is expected to end the march tomorrow, at Democracy Monument.

Despite the groups’ plans to ignore the recent law that bans protests, police have warned that they will face charges if they defy the new order. 32 companies of anti-riot police have been placed on standby in light of the expected protests taking place in Thailand’s capital today.

SOURCE: Thai Pbs World

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Thailand classified as a “not free” country in Freedom House report

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October protest at the Asok-Sukhumvit intersection in Bangkok / Photo by Caitlin Ashworth

On a scale of 0 to 100, with 100 being absolute freedom, Thailand scores at 30, a “not free” country, according to the nonprofit Freedom House. Each year, the organisation reviews the political rights and civil liberties of countries around the world. According to their recent assessment, Thailand has declined in terms of rights and liberties, dropping on the scale from “partly free” to “not free.”

The main reason for the drop on the freedom scale, the organisation says, is “due to the dissolution of a popular opposition party that performed well in the 2019 elections, and the military-dominated government’s crackdown on youth-led protests calling for democratic reforms.”

The Future Forward Party was dissolved in February 2020 after the court found that the founder, Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, had made a large donation to the party that exceeded the legal limit. The party’s leaders were then banned from politics for the next decade.

Youth-led protests started in February, but the demonstrations were put on pause due to Covid-19 restrictions banning large public gatherings. Protesters gathered in July as restrictions lifted, but some leaders then faced charges for holding a public gathering, which was still banned under emergency orders.

In October, the prime minister imposed what Freedom House calls a “severe” State of Emergency order in Bangkok that banned gatherings of more than 5 people. Some protesters were arrested for violating the order nearly immediately after it was imposed.

With activists pushing for monarchy reform and an end to the military’s involvement in government, raising subjects considered taboo and unprecedented in Thai society, the Thai government has increased its use of the draconian lèse majesté law. Since November, dozens of activists have faced charges for insulting or defaming the Thai Monarchy.

Freedom House scores countries on topics like the electoral process, questioning if politicians and leaders were elected in free and fair elections, as well as freedom of expression and individual rights.

Thailand’s military seized power in 2014 in a bloodless coup. The 2017 constitution was drafted by a committee appointed by the military’s National Council for Peace and Order. In 2019, the country transitioned to what Freedom House calls a “military-dominated, semi-elected” government.

The 2019 elections were overseen by the Election Commission of Thailand, whose members were appointed by the military. All 250 senators were appointed by the military in 2019 to serve 5 year terms.

In 2020, the combination of democratic deterioration and frustrations over the role of the monarchy provoked the country’s largest anti-government demonstrations in a decade. In response to these youth-led protests, the regime resorted to familiar authoritarian tactics, including arbitrary arrests, intimidation, lèse majesté charges, and harassment of activists. Freedom of the press is constrained, due process is not guaranteed, and there is impunity for crimes committed against activists.

SOURCE: Freedom House

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Riot police officer in Bangkok tests positive for Covid-19

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A riot police officer, who was deployed at the recent pro-democracy protests in Bangkok, has tested positive for Covid-19. His supervisor, chief of Wang Thonglang station Ekapop Tanprayoon, says the officer had visited Samut Sakhon, a coronavirus hotspot.

Riot police who worked closely with the infected officer, Somyot Nuamcharoen, are ordered to quarantine. The Wang Thonglang police station and any items the police officer handled are being disinfected, the chief says.

The officer had met up with friends during a visit to Samut Sakhon, just southwest of Bangkok. He travelled to the coastal province on February 18 and returned to Bangkok the next day.

On the 20th, he was deployed to a protest outside of parliament, just after returning from his trip to the “red zone” province. On Sunday, he deployed the protest outside the military barracks in Bangkok. The demonstration turned violent and numerous people were injured.

On Tuesday, his friend from Samut Sakhon tested positive for the virus. The infected officer was tested for Covid-19 that day and his result came back positive yesterday.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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