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– Thailand news compiled by Gazette editors for Phuket’s international community

Bangkok overrun by huge protest
The Nation / Phuket Gazette
PHUKET: Thailand’s vast urban-rural divide was never more obvious than the contrasting images from the two major events yesterday: Bangkok overrun by a massive anti-government protest and the caretaker prime minister greeting admirers on a tour of the far Northeast.

Tens of thousands of anti-government protesters staged another mass rally in Bangkok, including a protest outside caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s residence, to put pressure on the premier to resign while the premier toured her political stronghold. Protest leaders yesterday vowed in their speeches that they would mobilise large-scale month-long rallies to occupy Bangkok if Yingluck remained in power.

The protesters split into more than a dozen groups around the central part of the capital, including some main shopping areas. Several thousand protesters surrounded the PM’s home, amid tight security, in Soi Yothin Pattana 3, parallel to Ekamai-Ramintra expressway, despite her being far away.

Yingluck, who dissolved the House on December 9 and scheduled an election for February 2, has been on tour in the North and Northeast since then. Pheu Thai supporters came to see her off and have shouted moral support during her travels.

However, she could not escape the whistle blowing, a symbolic gesture by opponents keen to oust her and her brother, the former PM Thaksin, from politics. She has faced them in almost every province in the current trip, from Surin, Yasothon, Buri Ram, and Nong Khai yesterday.

On the way to lunch in Nong Khai, around seven protesters greeted Yingluck by raising a Thai flag, blowing whistles and shouting “Get out! Get out!”

During her train journey from Udon Thani to Nong Khai, she monitored protesters’ moves via iPad, which was linked to signals from a camera circuit at her home via the Internet. She admitted she was worried about the rallies in Bangkok, and passed a message to her staff to tell the protesters that the house’s owner was not there.

Most of her activities in the provinces were visiting villagers and paying respect to revered monks and making merit. She appeared happy when surrounded by her supporters. After freeing fish in Nong Bua Lampu yesterday, she told a reporter with a smile “I’m now happier.”

She was due to stay in Loei last night. A source from Pheu Thai said she would focus instead on making trips to the provinces, notably the North and Northeast, and may not come back to Bangkok until the New Year.

The PM posted a picture of her hugging her son with the caption: “I’m inspecting the work in many Northeast provinces and I have many missions to do each day. At least I have my son. We give moral support to each other.”

Meanwhile, PDRC secretary general Suthep Thaugsuban led tens of thousands of protesters in a vibrant and lively rally through five major sites in Bangkok, blocking traffic and turning parts of city roads into crowded and noisy pedestrian zones a day after the main opposition party declared a boycott of the snap February election.

Suthep kicked off another mega rally by leading protesters on foot from Rajdamnoen Road to Wong Wian Yai and to seek support from Thonburi residents to oust the Yingluck government.

Both sides of roads that the protesters marched along were crowded with supporters waiting to cheer them on as they passed by. Some blew whistles and others waved the national flag, while others gave donations to Suthep, who carried a black bag to collect cash. Some onlookers joined the rally, which stretched longer the further it went.

Suthep greeted protesters and raised a fist as a gesture of a struggle. He led the crowd to join those at the Lumpini rally site by crossing Sathorn Bridge, then took a shortcut to north Sathorn and Silom. He joined four major sites – Asoke, Ratchaprasong, Pathumwan and Victory Monument – before returning to Democracy Monument.

Suthep said the number of protesters was higher than expected. And more would take to the streets to shut down the capital within another seven to 10 days if the government stubbornly clinged to power.

He had earlier changed a plan to take the BTS (Skytrain) and MRT subway and took a motorcycle instead, because the trains were too crowded.

Several protesters who spoke to The Nation said they would definitely join another rally if Suthep called one – even after the New Year. One said “We can’t leave the matter half finished. I’ll join this until the end.”

Ratchaprasong was packed with protesters from morning. Most had arrived at the site by the BTS. Former model Ornapa Krisadee or “Mah” was among the actors and actresses who took to the rally stage.

Democrat chief adviser Chuan Leekpai led colleagues from the party headquarters to Democracy Monument rally site.

Scuffle mars rally outside PM’s residence
The Nation / Phuket Gazette
PHUKET: Anti-giovernment protesters, led by Anchalee Paireerak and Seri Wongmontha – core members of the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) – marched from the Rajdamnoen rally site yesterday to the residence of caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, where they called for her resignation.

Only women and transsexuals – many of them members of the Miss Tiffany’s dance troupe – joined the protest, dubbed the “flower protest”, outside Yingluck’s residence.

Addressing the protesters, Anchalee said Yingluck was not at home, but that their rally was a symbolic show of support against her government. She then called for Yingluck to resign her post as caretaker prime minister.

A large number of police were deployed to block Soi Yothin Pattana 3. However, protesters were able to circumvent the lines of police trucks and move into the street. The first group of protesters reached Yingluck’s residence at about 11.30am and were joined by Anchalee and Seri in the main protest group at 1.45pm.

After calling for Yingluck’s resignation, protesters placed wreaths outside Yingluck’s residence, before starting the return trip at 3.30pm to the Rajdamnoen rally site.

During the protest, no scuffles with police were reported. However, BlueSky Channel – a pro-Democrat channel – claimed a policeman had struck a woman sitting in her car in the parking area outside Yingkluck’s residence. The alleged assault promptly led the PDRC’s core leaders to ask protesters to leave the area.

Meanwhile, Yingluck, who was in the process of boarding a train from Udon Thani to Nong Khai when protesters arrived at her house yesterday, said she was not worried by the rally outside her residence, as she was able to monitor the protests via her iPad. Yingluck asked the media to tell protesters “the owner is not at home”.

Deputy Prime Minister Pracha Promnog said police had allowed protesters to gather outside Yingluck’s house because they believed the protests to be peaceful.

Yingluck presents road map for national reform
The Nation / Phuket Gazette
PHUKET: Caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra announced a road map for national reform yesterday that would go hand in hand with the February 2 snap election, requiring all political parties to pledge to honour the reform

— Phuket Gazette Editors

 

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Crime

Man arrested for allegedly exchanging fake US bills for 1.2 million baht

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A man was arrested in Bangkok for allegedly exchanging counterfeit foreign bank notes at a currency exchange kiosk, taking off with 1.2 million baht.

Police say Thanat Amatawimut, a 42 year old building contractor, exchanged 360 fake $100 USD bills for 1.2 million baht at a kiosk in Bangkok back in 2019. The staff accepted the cash, but later realised the bills were fake and attempted to contact Thanat. A complaint was later filed at the Lumpini police station. The Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant last October.

Thanat was arrested in Bangkok’s Chatuchak district yesterday. He denied the charges.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Covid UPDATE: 2,473 new infections and 35 deaths, provincial totals

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2,473 new Covid-19 cases and 35 coronavirus-related deaths were reported today in the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration’s daily briefing. The majority of the new cases are local transmissions, primarily in Bangkok. 680 of the new cases were detected in prisons.

Thailand now has 42,988 active Covid-19 cases, a record high for the country. Out of those cases, more than 10,000 are linked to outbreaks at prisons. Since the start of the pandemic last year, the CCSA has reported a total of 113,555 Covid-19 infections.

35 deaths involving Covid-19 patients were reported today, raising the pandemic’s death toll in Thailand to 649. Most of the new fatalities were reported in Bangkok.

Bangkok remains the epicentre in the latest wave of infections. The capital reported 873, raising the total since April 1 to 28,658.

There are now 29 Covid-19 clusters in 19 districts in Bangkok. The government has set up several locations for active case finding to contain the spread of the virus.

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Natapanu Nopakun, who gives the CCSA report in English, adds that Thai authorities are taking border breaches very seriously and security has tightened at land and sea borders as there have been a number of illegal entries involving those coming from neighbouring countries. Heightened border patrol has been an effort to prevent Covid-19 from being imported into Thailand.

Provinces with the highest number of new Covid-19 infections…

Province New cases Total since April 1
Bangkok 873 28,658
Nonthaburi 155 4,757
Samut Prakan 121 4,329
Pathum Thani 117 2,467
Samut Sakhon 63 1,930
Phetchaburi 43 645
Chon Buri 33 3,768
Nakhon Si Thammarat 30 757
Songkhla 29 1,041
Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya 28 936

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Education Ministry launches online platform as schools’ reopening plans delayed

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Thailand’s Education Ministry is launching an online platform for public school students who are, once again, being forced to learn at home due to restrictions and limitations imposed by the government.

The third wave of the virus has prompted authorities to postpone the reopening of government schools from May 17 (yesterday) to June 1. However, as daily infections keep rising, that date may be amended again.

As the future of the pandemic is unclear, the Ministry has launched www.ครูพร้อม.com, an online platform titled Kru Prom or Teachers Ready in English. The portal features content under 6 categories featuring the word “Wanna” in reference to the more grammatically correct English words of “Want to.” The Wanna Know page, is dedicated to educators as it features e-books to help them boost their skills.

Wanna Learn, Wanna Know, Wanna Teach, Wanna Do, Wanna Watch, and Wanna Share are the categories that students can choose from. Each category has a wide range of choices for students that includes different types of media for each lesson.

Students or teachers are not required to use the new Kru Prom platform, as the Education Ministry says it is just an alternative for those who are interested in learning more. Likewise, teachers are not being told they must compile reports over the platform and it won’t be included in their performance evaluations.

The Ministry has also noted that the platform can be used, even while physically attending school, as a supplement to students’ learning.

Prominent education academic, Athapol Anunthavorasakul, is not impressed with the idea as he says children are exhausted from online/offline classes. He says children should be allowed to play during the break, even if it is extended. He says the most schools should require over the break, is for the students to share what they had learned.

But the Ministry already has released plans that include online learning – once schools are allowed to reopen. The classes will be conducted using onsite, on air, on demand, online, on hand, and hybrid formats. The Ministry is also offering free internet packages to students to help them make the move to online learning. Meanwhile, the Education Minister says the website’s recent launch has proved popular on the first day, gaining thousands of hits.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

 

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