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A mass protest at Government House is being organised to protest a decision by the government’s Hazardous Substance Committee on Wednesday not to ban reportedly dangerous agricultural chemicals paraquat, glyphosate and chlorpyrifos in Thailand.

Agro-chemical opposition networks, led by BioThai Foundation and Thailand Pesticide Alert Network (Thai-PAN), yesterday called on citizens to mark the upcoming World Environment Day. The Hazardous Substance Committee approved the continued use of the three chemicals but with stricter regulations and restrictions that they said would ensure safer use of these farm chemicals and limit environmental impacts.

Thai-PAN coordinator Prokchon Usap said the June 5 public gathering will kick off on World Environment Day at 8am in front of Government House. The groups intended to highlight what they see as the “improper” decision to allow the continued imports and use of environmentally harmful chemicals. World Environment Day is an annual international occasion for encouraging awareness and action regarding environmental protection.

Prokchon said the public organisations under the umbrella network would submit a petition to PM Prayut Chan-o-cha asking that the committee’s decision be reconsidered and that a ban on the controversial chemicals be implemented.

Groups opposing the farm chemicals note that the decision conflicts with the positions taken by other ministries and experts. The Public Health Ministry and a working group of four ministries had suggested banning the toxic chemicals. The committee’s decision to continue their use also ignored scientific studies that have found adverse impacts to the environment and people’s health from the chemicals, the opponents noted.

In a related matter, the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) yesterday approved the first reading of the Hazardous Substance Bill by a landslide vote. The amended law, presented by the Industry Ministry, would improve the regulation of use, movement, and management of hazardous substances to ensure the safety of consumers and the general public.

Deputy Industry Minister Somchai Harnhirun said the bill includes amendments regulating the import, export and transfer of hazardous substances, guidelines for advertising hazardous substances and an amendment to the structure and duties of the Hazardous Substance Committee.

NLA member Admiral Panlop Tamisanon praised the bill, citing its upgraded regulation of hazardous substances, which he said would place new restrictions on paraquat, glyphosate and chlorpyrifos in line with the recent decision by the committee. Panlop also said the new guidelines for advertising hazardous substances would ensure that the general public is properly aware of the dangers and risks of hazardous substances and knows how to use and handle them safely.

While most NLA members approved this bill, Monthian Buntan was one of a minority who expressed concern over the improved regulations. He argued that new measures governing importing of hazardous substances are insufficient to prevent negative impacts on public health or the environment because toxic herbicides like paraquat could still be imported into the country. Somchai responded that the amendments coming from the Hazardous Substance Committee would result in more effective control and management of hazardous substances.

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Police seize 920 kilograms of cannabis smuggled across the Mekong River

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In a major bust on the Mekong River, notorious for drug smuggling, border patrol police seized 920 kilograms of dried, compacted cannabis from a boat along the Nakhon Pathom riverbank, bordering Laos.

Police were tipped off about a large shipment of drugs being trafficked across the Thai-Laos border. Police spotted a boat around 4am yesterday. When police moved in, men onboard the boat jumped onto a smaller boat and sped off. Police found 23 sacks filled with 1-kilogram packages of compressed cannabis.

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In the recent months, police have seized more than 5 tonnes of cannabis. While the Thai government has been loosening measures on cannabis, allowing parts of the plant with low traces of the psychoactive component tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, to be used in food and medicinal products, trafficking cannabis is still illegal. Cannabis with high amounts of THC is still classified as a Category 5 narcotic.

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At least 22 people arrested at Bangkok protest, officer dies of heart failure

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At least 22 people were arrested during the Bangkok protest yesterday, which turned violent as pro-democracy activists marched toward the prime minister’s residence, according to Thai Lawyers for Human Rights. An officer died during the rally, which the human rights group says was due to heart failure.

Some protesters threw ping pong bombs and firecrackers in the violent clash with police, the group says. Police armed in riot gear fired rubber bullets and hit protesters with batons. Water cannons and tear gas were used to break up the crowds after some protesters had breached the barricade of shipping containers that had been blocking the way to the prime minister’s residence at a military base on Vibhavadi Rangsit Road, according to the Bangkok Post. At least 33 people, including 23 police officers, were injured.

Out of the 22 arrested, 4 were minors who were picked up from the Din Daeng police station by their parents and will need to report to the Juvenile and Family Court this afternoon, according to the human rights group. The detained protesters face charges of fighting, blocking or harming a police officer.

Protesters from REDEM, or Restart Democracy, which is a spin off of the Free Youth group, were marching to PM Prayut Chan-o-cha’s residence to call on monarchy reform and an end to Thailand’s military influences in government.

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Thai PM says Covid-19 jab is safe, urges people to get vaccinated

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The Thai PM, Prayut Chan-o-cha, has assured people the Covid-19 vaccine is safe as he called on citizens to get vaccinated. Nation Thailand reports that the PM was speaking at a vaccination drive taking place at Bamrasnaradura Infectious Diseases Institute, in the central province of Nonthaburi.

It’s understood Prayut himself will receive the AstraZeneca vaccine, having been deemed too old for China’s Sinovac jab. However, it is unclear when he might be vaccinated, with the delay put down to issues with the AstraZeneca paperwork.

Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul was the first person in Thailand to receive a Covid-19 vaccine, when he got the Sinovac jab yesterday. It’s understood he has not experienced any adverse reaction. A number of other politicians and prominent medics also got the vaccine, including Opas Karnkawinpong from the Department of Disease Control and the Public Health Deputy Minister Sathit Pitutecha.

The PM says the vaccines are safe and is calling on everyone to get inoculated when the time comes.

“The government and medical personnel have overcome this crisis many times so far. This shows that Thailand can contain the spread of Covid-19 effectively.”

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