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While the US is on the complete opposite side of of the world, some in Thailand joined an online protest yesterday on the Zoom video-conferencing software. Reuters says 300 Thais and foreigners joined the digital call for justice for George Floyd, a black American who died at the end of May after being pinned down by a Minneapolis police officer.

Protesters couldn’t take to the streets due to restrictions imposed by the emergency decree in Thailand and social distancing measures, so they did what they could online. The event, promoted by the unofficial group Supporters of Black Lives Matter in Bangkok, had a moment of silence for 8 minutes and 46 seconds to represent the time Mr. Floyd was pinned under the officer’s knee before he died.

Activists held up their arms, their hands in a fist. Dozens of videos showed everyone doing the same. One wrote “I can’t breathe” on their arms, the last words Floyd said before he died.

“Everyone has hopes, everyone has dreams, everyone bleeds red, you know. It’s crazy that they still have this in 2020 when in 1963, that was when Martin Luther King did his freedom speech.”

SOURCE: Reuters

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    Ron Parks

    June 8, 2020 at 1:53 pm

    Hi Caitlin I live in Thailand I am American. The Thaiger did an article on amnesty on visas for all foreigners till July 31st meaning no overstay fees.. need to confirm.
    Thank you.
    Ron

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    Tim Apples

    June 8, 2020 at 3:03 pm

    Is this the rally Bangkok was “bracing for” from the story 2 days ago? “Lets take a stand against inequality, fire up your $3000 dollar laptops boys.”

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    Glenn Oliver

    June 8, 2020 at 3:36 pm

    George Floyd was a career criminal. He was in and out of prison most of his life, including 5 years in prison for a home invasion where he held a pistol to a pregnant women stomach.This was in Texas. He moved to Minneaplois where he was a bouncer at a club. Officers arrested him for using fake 20 dollar bill. He was a giant who resisted arrest. His autopsy showed he was taking fentanal and amphitamine drugs. Yes, he should not have died from being choaked, but he was no Mr nice guy..check out his background.

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      me

      June 9, 2020 at 12:09 pm

      who said he was mr. nice guy? and what does his background have to do w/the brutality that was captured on film? he wasn’t resisting. he was pleading for his life. i’m not going to let you trumpets change the narrative

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        Pink

        June 10, 2020 at 12:00 pm

        I don’t care what his skin colour was. He was a career criminal thug and should never be used by anyone as a figure to advance their cause no matter how noble they think it is. Doing so is tantamount to approving of his life and does more damage, than good, to any legitimate grievance.

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    David Bateman

    June 8, 2020 at 3:50 pm

    Hopefully this won’t turn into the farce the rest of the world has witnessed. It should be a protest to say ALL lives matter, not just black lives. And as the majority of black lives are taken by black people, they should direct their protests toward black people!

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      me

      June 9, 2020 at 12:11 pm

      you’re missing the point. blm means that to many people, black lives do not matter. blm is technically “black lives ALSO matter.”

      it should be obvious that they do, but for many people their lives don’t.

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    Steve

    June 8, 2020 at 4:01 pm

    Black Lives Matter!

    “The quest for whiter skin, a controversial topic in the Western world, shows no signs of abating in Thailand or, indeed, across large swaths of Asia. Whitening creams account for half of the $320 million Thai market for facial creams, according to research firm Nielsen.” (Forbes, May 2, 2018.)

    Black Lives Matter!

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    me

    June 8, 2020 at 4:11 pm

    props. and quite powerful seeing the grid of people with their fists up. good on you, people of thailand!

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      Johnny

      July 11, 2020 at 6:07 am

      No one noticed that the ‘fist’ that is used as a logo for BLM is the same fist as used as a logo for Chinese Communist Party? That is not coincidence.

      BLM founders are communist and trained marxists. BLM is co opted to other communist groups.

      Leaders in BLM are often in cults such as Nation of Islam. Nation of Islam in the US are not real muslims.They study scientology books, such as dianetics. They are a money cult.

      BLM is used to empower communist groups. They do not empower black communities other than their cult. I do not think there are any presidential candidates who are black and endorse BLM. BLM is co opted to empower Sunrise and Biden. Any black politician endorsed by them will promote that over everything else.

      BLM is as legit as Jim Jones. They threaten and attack any blacks who disagree with them. It is not uncommon for BLM groups to have no blacks in them but will still attack blacks who do not submit to their will. Those groups are evil. Their compassion for blacks is fake. Their leaders are often money cults and criminals syndicates. They use fake compassion to infiltrate, steal, extort and spy. The founder of the larger co opts and earlier communists were doing this long before BLM.

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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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Mother abandons 3 young children in their locked Bangkok room for 3 days

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3 young Bangkok children were abandoned in a small room for 3 days after the mother allegedly visited her new boyfriend. A neighbour was taking care of the youngest of the 4 children, a 4 month old baby, but the mother never contacted anyone about her other 3 kids. The mother hadn’t returned to pick up her baby from the neighbour, as promised. Police report that the 3 children had no food for the 3 days. Paveena Hongsakul from the Foundation for Children and Women called Police at the Khan Na Yao Police Station, a northeastern suburb of Bangkok.

Police received a report about the 4 children, aged 7, 6, 4 and the baby.

The 25 year old stepsister notified the foundation on Thursday informing police that her 32 year old sister, Gift, is the mother of the children. Gift’s husband is serving a sentence for drug charges and has been incarcerated for 3 years. Since then Gift had the 4th child, although the family is unsure who the father is. The sister claimed that Gift was always asking the family for financial assistance.

Last Monday Gift’s neighbour contacted the sister saying that she had been taking care of the young baby. She went to Gift’s room to see if she was there and the room was locked. She checked through a window and could see the 3 other children and noted that they were stressed and looked hungry.

When she asked the children about their mother the youngsters remained silent. She worked with the other neighbours to rescue the children through the window. Gift’s phone was left in her room. After filing a report with the local police the neighbour took the other 3 children in to care for them but told police that her room was only 33 square metres and there were 11 people living in her tiny room already.

Police and the neighbour tried to call Gift’s new boyfriend. Eventually he answered but told them that he was “far away and didn’t know when Gift could return”.

All 4 children are now safe at the foundation after a visit to the local police station as police wait to interview Gift when she returns.

SOURCE: Thai Residents | Khaosod.co.th

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Charter vote delayed, committee formed and Senators escape Parliament by boat – VIDEO

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Thailand’s MPs and Senators have kicked the constitutional can down the road at least a month after the parliament failed to agree on charter amendments. A panel will be sent up to examine 6 motions that were proposed and debated over the past 2 days. Meanwhile, up to 2,000 protesters were gathered outside the unfinished parliamentary buildings as an act of solidarity for the MPs supporting the changes to the current Thai Constitution.

The reality of the vote, and the setting up of an investigative committee, could push any votes on real reform well into 2021.

The 2 Houses of Parliament voted 431-255 to delay the vote. Opposition Pheu Thai and Move Forward MPs stormed out and missed the opportunity of nominating anyone to the new 45 member parliamentary committee to examine the motions, whilst the remaining members chose members for the committee. Move Forward Party’s, Pita Limjaroenrat, described the vote as “a way to stall for time” complaining that the decision “was moving the country towards a dead end”.

It was not known how the NCPO hand-picked Senators would vote on the bills. Many were thought to side with the idea of constitutional reform but the reality was that, in most scenarios, they’d be voting themselves out of a job if any reforms went ahead. Thailand’s entire upper house is a military-appointed rump of conservative former businesspeople and Army officials, mostly men.

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The protesters viewed the afternoon’s proceedings as a blunt stalling tactic to keep the current parliament, and its unelected senators, in power. The session ran until 8.30 last night. Rather than face the angry mob of anti-government protesters at the front of the building, most of the senators escaped on boat at the rear of the building, which backs onto Bangkok’s Chao Phraya River.

The demonstrators, with a consistent theme of reform over 3 months of rallies, are demanding changes to the current constitution because it was drafted by the NCPO who kicked out the elected government of Yingluck Shinawatra in 2014.

The protesters specifically point to the NCPO-appointed senate and the power they wield to elect the country’s prime minister, even though none of them were elected (nor was Prayut Chan-o-cha).

Protesters say they will now organise the next lot of rallies in October. Meanwhile, the Parliament is now is recess.

PROTESTSLive scenes from today’s protest rally to lend their voices, albeit from outside the The Parliament, to the debates inside about amendments to the Thai Constitution. The Thai parliament buildings are unfinished and, so it seems, are the student and anti-government protesters.

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Bangkok DJ dies in high speed crash on notorious ‘death road’

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A well known local DJ died early this morning in a high speed car crash on a Bangkok road bend nicknamed “Curve of 100 Deaths.” Police say his car’s speedometer was found stuck at 200 kilometres per hour.

Police suspect 33 year old Annop Poonsripattana was going around a curve when he lost control of the car due to the slippery road conditions from the rain. His black Toyato Altis was found smashed into an electricity pole around 2:30am today. The impact caused Annop to be flung to the back seat. Police say his skull was shattered and his neck broken.

A security guard at a nearby building says heard an explosion and the electricity cut out. The entire area went black, he says. The so called “Curve of 100 Deaths” is near Ratchada Criminal Court in Bangkok’s Chatuchak district. The guard says many fatal crashes happen on the road.

“This area is highly prone to road accidents. Just last week a mother and her small child were killed here.”

The Ratchada Road curve so dangerous that locals honk when driving through the curve to show respect and to ask for permission from the spirits of those who have died there for safe passage, according to Coconuts Bangkok. In the past, many people have left offerings like zebra statues in honour of those who died in car incidents while driving on the road.

Annop played music at many entertainment venues in Bangkok. He was also a contestant in the Take Me Out Thailand TV show in 2015. An autopsy is being done at the Police General Hospital. Electricians are working to fix the electricity pole and restore power.

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An event with Annop Poonsripattana.

SOURCES: Nation Thailand | Coconuts Bangkok

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