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German government does not believe the Thai Monarch broke the law on conducting state affairs

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Germany says His Majesty the King has not violated the European country’s ban on conducting foreign politics on German soil where he resides. The government in Berlin briefed lawmakers this week, saying the Thai Monarch is allowed make occasional decisions regarding Thai state affairs, but he cannot continuously conduct business from overseas, a source from parliament told Reuters. So far, the German government says they do not believe the King Maha Vajiralongkorn “continuously” conducted Thailand state business during his residence in Bavaria.

Pro-democracy protesters recently filed what some call an “unprecedented” letter with the German Embassy in Bangkok, asking the Berlin government to look into whether the Thai Monarch conducted state business while in Germany.

“We are certain that Your Excellency is well aware of the open secret that H.M. does not habitually reside in Thailand, but rather in Bavaria, Germany. H.M. has conducted Thai state affairs, as well as ordering forced disappearances of oppositions from German soil. Khana Ratsadon International profoundly believes that this violates International custom, law, as well as Article I of the German Grundgese.

In response to the letter, Germany’s Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said he’s “watching what the Thai king gets up to in Germany” and if the Thai Monarch breaks the law, there will be “immediate consequences.”

Germany also said it would be unacceptable for the Thai Monarch to conduct politics in the European county. The source from German parliament told Reuters that the government does not believe the Thai Monarch has breached the ban on foreign state business.

“The German government has taken the view that it is not yet of the opinion that the Thai king has continuously conducted business.”

SOURCE: Reuters

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    Patrick

    October 30, 2020 at 4:12 pm

    “saying the Thai Monarch is allowed make occasional decisions regarding Thai state affairs, but he cannot continuously conduct business from overseas”

    Uhmmm the king stays a vast majority of the year abroad. How could you then come up with this statement? He does his official business on the few weeks he’s in Thailand? Aaah politics. Spineless Germany where money also talks.

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    Khun plastic

    October 30, 2020 at 4:43 pm

    Germany has huge businesses interests with Thailand.
    The Thai royal household are very close to many multi national joint ventures in Thailand.
    I can not imagine the above has any thing to do with the above German government statement being issued.
    Anybody who is particularly interested in the murky links between royalty, politics and business in Thailand may want to look into the fiascos involving the overhead don mueang express way and the impounding of his nibs jet in Germany a few years ago and draw your own conclusions.
    I am amazed the average German citizen is prepared to put up with such a situation.

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      Peter Pope

      November 1, 2020 at 1:29 pm

      Most Germans like the Royal Family of Thailand, pretty much like the British Queen. The current stir-up against the King is shortlived and meant to fullfill the agenda of some foreign powers. The Thai Youth are simply used as a carrier because the Thai Gov. inched away from too much US influence and decided to put their eggs in the same basket where the money is: China.

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    James

    October 30, 2020 at 5:42 pm

    In order for them to know that they must be monitoring all phone calls, all secure encrypted end to end VPN computer connections.

    That is impossible as a VPN is unbreakable.

    So no, they can not say what is and what is not being controlled from Germany to the outside world.

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    Remo

    October 30, 2020 at 5:48 pm

    The German and Swiss governments will obviously not interfere or comment Thai politics.

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    Jack

    October 30, 2020 at 6:26 pm

    Gold, silver, crypto, can be used in the economy. The world ran on precious metals for 5000 years. Only in the past 100 years with the discovery of cheap oil and the creation of the federal reserve/irs has a weak argument against these been born. To discuss anything else as a way to take back our individual sovereignty is mostly a distraction. Take YOUR wealth and productivity back, and let the rest of the leeches sort out their own finances.

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    rob

    October 30, 2020 at 7:22 pm

    This is fake news, according to Factcheck website, the German minister not said that the

    king did not do anything political. They are still looking into it.

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    Khun plastic

    October 30, 2020 at 8:24 pm

    The Swiss indeed are infamous for not commenting in any way on such people or there bank accounts.

    Anybody who has any interest in Thai royalty may want to look at where previous and present generations of Thai royalty have been born,educated,sat out military coups etc.

    (present queen was holed up there recently while her husband and concubines were holed up in Bavaria)

    Obviously being Switzerland with its secretive foreign residency and banking laws getting any verifiable information on this subject would be quite difficult.

    I could of course be quite wrong and perhaps the queen was there staying in a socially distanced air BnB and was infact looking for a nice cuckoo clock to take home to bangkok and hang up in the grand palace.

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    Gino Marino

    November 1, 2020 at 8:21 pm

    The difference between this Thai King and most other Monarchies, is that they actually live in their home country. Here we are, at a time where the people of Thailand could use a generous King. A Kind King with words of support for all the people who are struggling to put food on the table. Where is he? He lives his life, as he always has, in Germany, with 20 women, in a 5star hotel, riding his bicycle without worry in the beautiful mountains of Bavaria! His biggest worry is what to eat, which woman to have sex with and which bike to ride! All free of charge to him. At least the Queen of England and others, live in their own countries and are supportive in some way. My God, we’re in a world wide PANDEMIC, and he’s just playing like a child!!! Get rid of the Monarchy!

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    ELENA

    November 2, 2020 at 4:02 pm

    Thai protesters asked Germany to investigate if, when he was on German soil, King Maha Vajiralongkorn,conducted state business, such as the signing of royal commands and the annual spending act. The political crisis in Thailand has made the involvement of the king a problem for Germany, but withdrawing the visa of a visiting head of state could trigger a major diplomatic incident.

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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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No vaccine, no entry – the world’s next travel challenge

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UPDATE: Australia’s national airline has already said it will impose “proof of vaccine” on all inbound and outbound international flights, a situation that IATA says they are likely to follow. Read more HERE.

ORIGINAL POST: With the announcements this week about several vaccine candidate trials, either being completed or at the end of their Phase 3 testings, and the applications to government bodies for ‘emergency approval’, we now have to face the next question.

What restrictions will be imposed on those people who don’t have the vaccine, or even actively choose not to have the vaccine?

And more locally…

Will Thailand allow people to enter Thailand without first having the Covid-19 vaccine?

Given the Thai Government’s low-risk strategy, well almost zero-risk strategy, and reluctance to take any chances with a second wave of Covid 19, it is highly likely there will be a stipulation that anyone entering Thailand will need a vaccine certificate or stamp in their passports.

Couple this with the Thai population’s continued fear of allowing foreigners back into the country at this time, in poll after poll, and it’s a safe bet there will be a “no vaccine, no entry” restriction imposed.

On a positive note, the Thai government may drop the 14 day quarantine for people that have had the vaccine (but not in the early days).

At this stage we know that most of the vaccine trials have had a 95% efficacy. We also know that the leading BioNTech/Pfizer vaccine needs an original jab plus a booster and has to be transported at extremely low temperature.

To complicate matters, there is not yet sufficient evidence that having had a bout of Covid-19, whether asymptomatic or not, guarantees you immunity. Or, if it does, for how long?

All these factors will mean that some level of quarantine will probably be in force as the Thai government slowly re-opens its borders to a wider groups of vaccinated travellers. This would remain in force until the world has a better knowledge of both the proven efficacy of the vaccine, or vaccines, and the re-infection rates.

So, even if we start getting groups of the world’s populations vaccinated before the end of the year, and that’s still a very big IF, there’s a lot more water to pass under the bridge until a coherent, reliable vaccine strategy can be understood and implemented.

Then there will be a rump of people, either hard core anti-vaxxers, or others who are at least skeptical of a new vaccine, who will want to wait or not want the vaccine at all. Public education, some strong science and a successful roll out of the early vaccines will be a key to winning over a lot of the world’s population.

Somehow governments and health authorities are going to have to wind back much of the disinformation floating around the internet about vaccines that is so factually out of whack with reality, it’s going to be one of the greatest public health challenges of all time, to reassure people about the science of vaccines and vaccination.

All this, in the middle of a pandemic that, for now, is still on the ascendency as far as new cases and deaths are concerned.

But there is little doubt rejoining the world of international travel, even local travel, could become restricted to only those who are vaccinated. The rest will be stuck roaming around their own countries, or states, for… years with a raft of restrictions on their lives. Who knows.

Will shopping centres or public buildings also impose a “no vaccine, no entry” policy? Hotels? Public buildings? Job applications?

On top of the economic stress which has fallen on a lot of the world, with so many governments now facing the headwinds of deep recession, the vaccine ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’ will add even more public disquiet.

At this stage nobody is sure how the vaccine will be rolled out in Thailand. The Thai government has already signed up for several of the leading vaccine candidates and will most likely provide the vaccine for free to citizens under its public health system.

What does that mean for foreigners living here? If you are covered, with a work permit, under the country’s public health, are you able to get the vaccine for free too? Will the thousands of foreigners on private health insurance be covered?

Surely the insurers will want its customers to be vaccinated. Sick customers cost them money. So, will insurance renewals be limited to only people who have been vaccinated? Will visas be renewed only if you have been vaccinated?

At this stage there are no firm answers to any of these questions.

And then there is the SARS Cov2 virus (Covid-19) itself, a living virus which has the ability to mutate and adapt. Will these new vaccines be effective against all mutations? Again, this is all ahead of us.

We’re certainly now entering a new phase of this pandemic. New challenges, new questions. The rising numbers of cases throughout 2020 is only the first chapter of a book that will be many more years in the making.

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There’s been some heavy downpours around sections of Bangkok over the past few days. We start with some video of the flooded streets. Then, into the news…

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

The Ministry of Transport has confirmed that hundreds of road traffic accidents have taken place over Thailand’s 4 day holiday weekend.

139 people have died and 653 have been injured in the course of the 4 day break, which was introduced to boost domestic tourism.

455 car accidents were recorded, with nearly 79% of them being caused by excessive speed. 82 people died in car accidents, with another 466 injured.Another 153 accidents involved motorbikes, with 47 bike riders killed and 165 injured.

Public transport vehicles and trucks accounted for 21 accidents, with 13 caused by trucks, 5 by buses, and 3 by trains. Over 10.7 million people took to public transport between last Wednesday night and Sunday night.

Protesters target the Crown Property Bureau tomorrow, taking direct aim at the country’s Monarchy

Tomorrow the protest road show moves to the Crown Property Bureau in Phitsanulok Road, taking aim directly at the the management of the Thai monarch’s affairs.

Protesters, who first brought up the issue of the role of the Thai Monarchy in July this year, say they have “a big surprise” in store. This will be the first time when the entire focus of the protest will be Thailand’s Head of State, previously considered a taboo topic in Thai society and the media.

The Crown Property Bureau is the quasi-government agency responsible for managing the property of the Thai Monarch. The bureau is legally defined as a juristic entity and is not a government agency. It also has no tax obligations.

In speeches during last week’s protests, speakers at the rally said… “we demand the return of taxpayers’ money”.

But Thai PM Prayut Chan-o-cha questioned the protester’s plans…

“Why they want to get close to the Crown Property Bureau? I think you know their purpose.”

There’s a longer article with some history about the Crown Property Bureau at TheThaiger.com

Protester slammed for dressing as schoolgirl to highlight sexual harassment in Thai schools

2 government MPs have criticised a member of the “Bad Students” protest movement after she dressed as a schoolgirl to highlight sexual harassment in Thai schools.

In an online protest, the activist put on a school uniform and held up a sign condemning sexual harassment in the Thai education system.

Whilst her actions have generally been supported by netizens, some pro-establishment figures have hit out at the protester including 2 Palang Pracharat MPs, who says the protester’s decision to wear a school uniform will bring Thai schools into disrepute.

His accusation comes as sexual harassment figures from the Office of Basic Education Commission have been released, showing hundreds of sexual harassment incidents recorded between 2013 – 2017. In January this year alone, there were over 700 cases reported of sexual harassment. The report says that many other victims remain too scared to come forward.

Finance Minister says Thailand’s GDP will take 2 years to recover

Thailand’s finance minister says the country’s GDP will take 2 years to recover the 9% it has lost since the Covid pandemic ravaged the economy.

The Finance Minister says the economy would have expanded by 3% this year if it weren’t for the pandemic.

“The pandemic crisis will make the economy contract by around 6% in 2020, therefore there is a 9% gap that needs to be recuperated. If Thailand’s GDP growth could arrive at 4% in 2021 and 2022, this would propel the country’s economic growth momentum to return to a normal ratio.”

As for the 2022 budget, he says it is still being designed to support economic growth through public investments in infrastructure and energy, with some projects relying more heavily on help from the private sector.

Police have yet to investigate illegal hiring of foreign teachers at international school in Phuket

Chalong police in Phuket say they have yet to start investigating the illegal hiring of foreign teachers at an international school in Rawai.

Palm House International School allegedly hired foreign teachers illegally where 2 were arrested by Phuket Immigration police on November 4.

The Chalong police leading investigations into the case, says the 2 Brits were informed that police were processing a charge of working illegally in the country against them, where both denied the charges. The 2 men have been released on bail.

But he says the investigation is yet to begin with police saying they haven’t even questioned the owner of the school.

“The investigation into the school will take time. The investigation into the two British people must be finished first.”

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A “technical error” in field testing had led to the false claim that 11.5 tonnes of ketamine had been seized at a warehouse in Chachoesngsao province. Justice Minister Somsak Thepsuthin, made the admission at a media briefing called to clear up the matter.

The 475 sacks containing were seized by ONCB officials during a raid on a warehouse at tambon Tha Kham in Bang Pakong district, in Chachoengsao province, on November 12 which prompted authorities to tout the discovery as the biggest drug bust ever. But officials jumped the gun as the testing fluid that turned purple, indicating ketamine was found, was wrong after 66 sacks were further tested.

The further testing revealed the sacks were filled with trisodium phosphate, a compound used legally as a food additive and stain remover. Somsak said a “technical error in the field” led to the assumption it was ketamine as trisodium phosphate would also turn the testing fluid purple. The large TSP labels on the sacks could have been a valuable clue as Thai police paraded proudly in front of the contraband.

“No matter, we have admitted the mistake, and it may not be corrected in the short term.”

Asked if the blunder could affect the credibility of the Justice Ministry and the ONCB, Somsak said he accepted all criticicism and to make the matter clear, he would ask the police Forensic Science Division, the Department of Medical Science and the ONCB to make lab tests with results being known this week.

“I accept the fact it might have been premature to hold a press conference to announce the seizure of a substance suspected to be a kind of drug. But in this case, the ONCB had been informed of the seizure of ketamine in Taiwan, investigated and found an undeniable link to it. It would have been a mistake if I did not make it public.”

“The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime said this also happened two or three times in other countries. This was the first time in Thailand. Moreover, on the day I held the press conference, I did not say it was 100% ketamine.”

Authorities are saying they would find out where the substance in the warehouse came from, and for what purpose as they believed it could be used to conceal illicit drugs, including ketamine. The ONCB chief said the man who rented the warehouse to store the sacks had fled before the raid and avoided arrest. However, they are currently compiling a case to apply for a court warrant for his arrest in connection with the seizure of ketamine in Taiwan.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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