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Smaller protest group outside Army HQ in Bangkok last night

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A much smaller group of activists gathered outside the Royal Thai Army headquarters on Ratchadamnoen Avenue, Bangkok last night in protest against an opinion expressed by the now-former deputy spokesperson. The protesters, part of the ‘Free Youth’ group who protested in Bangkok at the Democracy Monument on Saturday afternoon, rallied outside the main gate of the Thai army HQ early in the evening.

The Army and police made no attempt to move them.

They were targeting Col Nusra Vorapatratorn, who posted comments on her Facebook page about the protesters at the Saturday gathering.She patronised the pro-democracy protesters as “innocent, naive and ignorant” – in T’English* it read as “mung ming”. She said their time would be “better spent making a living instead of taking to the streets”. The post was later removed but someone did a screen grab and posted it on social media where, of course, it went viral, sparking outrage from supporters of the anti-government protests.

*T’English is our way of describing Thai language, loosely translated, and written, in English.

Col Nusra was ‘sidelined’ from her position of deputy spokesperson and now serves at the Directorate of Operations. The army has publicly distanced itself from Col Nusra, saying her post was an opinion and “not the position of the army”.

Saturday’s demonstration was organised by the Student Union of Thailand and the Free Youth group. They demanded PM Prayut Chan-o-cha dissolve parliament, stop intimidating critics and stifling free speech, and draw up a new Constitution.

The students are planning another rally today to be held at the Mahasarakham University. In an echo of Saturday’s protest, said to draw between 1,000 and 2,500 people (depending on various reports), there were also student rallies held in Chiang Mai, Ubon Ratchathani and Rayong. More rallies are being organised through social media at the moment.

The police yesterday issued a number of threatening statements saying they are ready to arrest key organisers following the illegal rally. (Under the current emergency decree there are rules against organising large public gatherings). At this stage no arrests have been made.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Strong winds “blow” shipping container off a stack and onto a truck, injuring the driver

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A truck driver was critically injured after strong winds from last night’s storms caused a shipping container to fall from a 7 storey stack at the Samut Prakan port, south of Bangkok, and smash down onto an 18 wheel truck with the driver inside.

Workers rushed to pull the driver, Raphin Noiwanit, out of the crushed truck. They say he was unconscious and ruched to Pu Chao Saming Phrai Hospital. 5 other shipping containers were knocked off from the 7 storey stack during the storm around 9:30pm last night. Only 1 of the containers landed on the truck parked below. The workers say it was “unbelievable” that the winds could be strong enough to take down 6 heavy shipping containers.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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Bangkok heist nets gold ornaments valued at 5.6 million baht

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Police are searching for a man who allegedly robbed a Bangkok gold shop at gunpoint, stealing gold ornaments valued around 5.6 million baht. The man allegedly pointed a gun at employees, forcing them to hand over 3 trays of gold ornaments.

The Yaowarat Krungthep shop is located at the entrance of Tesco Lotus in Bangkok’s Lat Phrao district. Since the shop is near the building’s entrance, it was easy for the alleged robber to escape and drive off on a motorcycle, according to Chokechai police.

The selling price for the gold ornaments are 28,350 per piece, according to the Gold Traders Association. Altogether, it’s estimated the alleged robber ran off with about 5.6 million baht worth of gold.

Police are reviewing the shop’s surveillance camera footage as well as video from outside the Tesco Lotus and nearby roads. Deputy police chief Suchart Theerasawat says they have a lead on the suspected robber, but are fact checking evidence before making an arrest.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Van passengers hospitalised after gas leak on the way to Roi Et

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Passengers in a van leaving from Bangkok ended up in the hospital after a gas leak went unnoticed. Many passengers began to feel dizzy and nauseous. Some had difficultly breathing before falling unconscious. Some passengers were even found foaming at the mouth.

The 34 year old driver, identified as Jakpong, was hired to drive the passengers from Bangkok to the Roi Et province in Thailand’s north east. He says he started noticing a burning smell when passing through Ayutthaya, just north of Bangkok. Jakpong stopped briefly at a gas station, but then continued to drive. A passenger started feeling nauseous and asked to stop again.

When the van stopped again at Nakhon Ratchasima’s Pak Chong District, the passenger who complained of nausea fainted while walking to the restroom. Other passengers tried to stand up, but some also fainted.

The petrol station attendants called emergency responders to attend to the van full of sick people. All 9 people in the van were sent to Chong Nana Hospital. A doctor from the hospital says some passengers report they had difficulty breathing and dizziness before falling unconscious. Some were found foaming at the mouth.

The driver told emergency responders that he was only slightly dizzy. The driver says he had no idea there was a gas leak. Police are still investigating.

SOURCE: Thai Residents

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