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Thai Foreign Ministry officials are working with French authorities to assist the wife of a Thai tourist who was among three people killed by a gunman last night at a famous Strasbourg Christmas market in France.

A Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Busadee Santipitaksat says the Thai embassy in Paris had reported the death of 45 year old Anupong Suebsamarn, and contacted his wife, Naiyana, to offer help.

Busadee said Anupong and his wife had just arrived in France and planned to visit Strasbourg and Paris.

She said the embassy had contacted the Thai expatriate community in Strasbourg to coordinate with local authorities and take care of Naiyana while she was waiting to reclaim the body.

The embassy has also been in close contact with police in Strasbourg and will provide legal assistance to her.

Officials from the Thai consular office would travel to Strasbourg on Wednesday, Busadee added.

ORIGINAL STORY: The Nation

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5 month old Indian baby among 2 new imported cases of Covid today

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Today, Thailand reports 2 new imported cases of Covid, 1 of which is a 5 month old Indian baby girl, bringing the total number of cases to 3,922 with 0 new deaths. The Centre for Covid Situation Administration reported that the girl arrived on November 11 on the same flight as two previously confirmed cases.

The baby tested positive 5 days later, while displaying symptoms such as a fever and vomitting. The infant was staying at an alternative state quarantine facility in Bangkok, but was later sent to a private hospital and then to the Queen Sirikit National Institute of Child Health for treatment.

The 2nd case is that of a 31 year old Pakistani businessman who arrived via Dubai on November 16, testing positive 5 days later while displaying no symptoms. He was admitted to a private hospital upon receiving positive test results for Covid after staying at an alternative state quarantine facility.

Thailand has reported 3,922 cases since the onset of the coronavirus outbreak, with 3,772 being listed as recovered while 6 have been discharged over the past 24 hours. Currently, 90 patients are hospitalised while the death toll has remained at 60.

The number of Covid cases worldwide has increased by 503,724 in the past day, bringing the total to 59.51 million diagnosed since the virus began. The curent worldwide death toll has risen by 7,949 over the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 1.4 million.

The United States still ranks number 1 in the amount of cases reported, at 12.78 million. Its death toll is also the worst in the world as it sits at 263,687. India ranks 2nd with 9.18 million cases and 134,254 deaths.

Recently, out of Thailand’s 7 potential Covid-19 vaccines, 2 have successfully completed the animal testing stage and will proceed to human testing. Dr Nakorn Premsri from the National Vaccine Institute says the 2 vaccines are the mRNA vaccine from the Chula Vaccine Research Centre and BioNet-Asia’s DNA vaccine.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Bad Student protesters highlight patriarchial society where victims are blamed

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After Saturday’s rally featuring the Bad Student group joining the protests, some members have also began highlighting the patriarchial society of Thailand in which obedience and submission runs rampant in educational institutions.

20 year old Nalinrat Tuthubthim bravely demonstrated the need for an open dialogue as she adorned an old school uniform while taping her mouth and holding a sign.

“A teacher sexually assaulted me. The school is not a safe space.”

Yet conservative Thais, such as Palang Pracharat MP Pareena Kraikupt, threatened to sue her for dishonoring the school and its uniform because she is no longer a student. And even further pointed out the embarrassment the student was allegedly causing to the country.

Such a deflection of the issue also comes with pointing fingers towards the victim as some Thais question why she didnt report the alleged incident when it happened, and instead, waited 5 years to display a banner at a rally? The shift in blame is all too common as the patriarchy would say it’s her fault by pointing out her clothing or by simpley saying she deserves it, เด็กมันยั่ว.

The social hierarchy has long been accused of being corrupt, exploitative and abusive, in which the “poo-yai” superior has complete power over the “poo-noi” inferior. Even questioning a superior is against societal norms. There are no checks and balances on those in power. Nalinrat says it is this type of culture that created fear over reporting sexual abuse, along with her lack of understanding it due to her young age.

In an article for Thisrupt.co, she discussed her psychological trauma and disorder that resulted from the incident, as she has taken to campaigning about sexual abuse in the past 2 years. She says that men make the rules in Thai society and that there is a cultural mindset in which society blames the victim.

Nalinrat says she was met with a wall of denial when she did speak up and was demanded to be silent, finding herself joining the countless other women and children whose stories were ignored. When her story became public, she was met with victim-blaming, just as so many other women and children have suffered, while the abuser is not apprehended.

ฺBut thanks to others boldly bringing the issue to light, other groups such as Bad Medical Student are gaining momentum as they bring such allegations ranging from sexual harrassment, abusive workloads, verbal and emotional abuse, gender discrimination and many more, to light. The group, who took their name after the Bad Student group, is now taking to Twitter to voice what they say is a medical institution environment that is abusive. One Twitter user posted a message that says she was discriminated against because she was a woman.

SOURCE: Thisrupt

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139 killed, 653 injured, as Thailand’s holiday weekend sees surge in road accidents

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The Ministry of Transport has confirmed that hundreds of road traffic accidents have taken place over Thailand’s holiday weekend. 139 people have died and 653 have been injured in the course of the 4-day holiday, which was introduced to boost domestic tourism.

The Pattaya News report that 455 car accidents have been recorded, with nearly 79% of them being caused by excessive speed. 82 people died in car accidents, with a further 466 injured. The Ministry of Transport says 27 accidents caused by speeding occurred in Chon Buri.

Another 153 accidents involved motorbikes, with 47 bike riders killed and 165 injured. Most of the bike accidents were recorded in the central province of Nonthaburi and the northern province of Lamphun, with each province recording 11 motorbike accidents.

Public transport vehicles and trucks accounted for 21 accidents, with 13 caused by trucks, 5 by buses, and 3 by trains. Those accidents contributed a further 10 deaths and 22 injuries. Over 10.68 million people took to public transport over the course of the 4-day holiday, while out of more than 14 million vehicles that left Bangkok, 13 million were private cars.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

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