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Royalist hospital director threatened with fake gun

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The director of Bangkok’s Mongkulwattana Hospital has brushed off an incident in which a man threatened him with a fake gun. Rienthong Nanna says the perpetrator probably has mental health issues, after the man showed up in the outpatient department brandishing a gun, which turned out to be fake.

“The man was arrested and charged with several serious offences, and the gun he carried turned out to be a fake. He probably has a mental disorder and wished to threaten me and the hospital staff.”

Rienthong is staunchly pro-Monarchy and claims to have received several threatening messages after creating a Facebook group in opposition to those he believes are guilty of lèse-majesté offences. He says one message threatened to send a gunman his way, but appears unfazed by yesterday’s incident.

“My security guards are ex-military and they knew right away that the man was carrying a fake gun. That’s why they chose a non-lethal approach to stop and apprehend him. I am assembling a team to find out the mastermind behind this, and I will keep the public updated.”

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

 

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    Graham White

    Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 12:26 pm

    Why does a hospital director wear a military looking uniform?

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    Toby Andrews

    Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 2:50 pm

    Probably because he is military.
    He is in that position to make sure that the hospital does what the government say.
    IMHO
    They are looking for the mastermind?
    Not much of a mastermind if he sent a mental case with a fake gun, and so fake, security could tell it was by just looking at it.
    The public will wait impatiently for the result of the team’s endeavours to find the mastermind.
    Could it be one of those irritating student protesters. It would be convenient for the government if the team finds that it was. And if the student does not admit it the police will persuade him.
    Any readers have any suggestions who the mastermind was? Could it be Thaksin? lol

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    Issan John

    Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 4:02 pm

    He’s a Major General, hence the uniform, and his family own the hospital which is probably why he’s “in that position”.

    He’s a well known and vocal extreme right-winger, founder of the ‘RCO’ whose aim is to “clean” Thailand of “social rubbish”.

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      Preesy Chepuce

      Sunday, October 18, 2020 at 4:07 am

      Looks like a member of the PLA.

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    Toby Andrews

    Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 6:19 pm

    He owns shares in the hospital, and refuses to allow any patents in the hospital who do not support the king. or any suppliers who do not support the king.
    There is an article about him in the Bangkok post on the 18th of January 2020, detailing his beliefs and opinions.
    This generated 13 likes, and 415 dislikes

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Deputy PM declares Thammanat Prompow controversy finished

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PHOTO: Thailand's Deputy Agriculture Minister Prompao talks to reporters after a government cabinet meeting in Bangkok (via Reuters)

Deputy PM Wissanu Krea-ngam says that the debate is over regarding Thammanat Prompow, the controversial Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives and influential Palang Pracharath Party ‘fixer’.

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SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration says it is speeding up mass Covid-19 testing and inoculations in communities hit strongly by the virus, after admitting the virus is spreading fast in Thailand’s capital.

The city clerk says the administration, along with the Public Health Ministry and other agencies, are speeding up the collection of nasal swabs for Covid-19 tests, with a plan to test 3,000 people in high-risk groups per day. Those people deemed to be at an increased risk of the virus have been clustered by districts, with testing units in each of the 6 districts…

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