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

Hospitals say 3 killed, 58 injured
The Nation / Phuket Gazette
PHUKET: Three people were killed in yesterday’s unrest and at least 58 injured, according to an official report by Bangkok Metropolitan Administration’s Erawan Health Emergency Centre late yesterday.

At least two of the victims died of gunshot wounds.

The injured were being treated at 10 hospitals in Bangkok. Two of the fatalities died at Ramkhamhaeng Hospital, where another six people were being treated for their injuries. Fifteen injured were sent to Dr Panya General; four to Petcharavej Hospital; one to Chularat 9; 12 to Rajavithi; seven to Vibharam; eight to Ramathibodi; two to Camillian; one to Nopparat Rajathanee, and another to Paolo Memorial Chokchai Hospital.

Medical staff at Ramkhamhaeng Hospital reported that a total of eight people had sought emergency treatment there. The two shot dead were a 21-year-old Ramkhamhaeng University student, Taweesak Phokaew, and a 26-year-old red-shirt supporter, Witsanu Phaophu.

Taweesak was shot in the shoulder and through the left lung and admitted to hospital at 9pm on Saturday. Witsanu was shot at the middle of his chest and died en route to the hospital in the early morning.

“We cannot give any details of patients to the public because we respect the patients’ rights,” medical staff told The Nation.

However, the Erawan Centre’s director, Dr Phetphong Kamjornkitchakarn, released the name of Witsanu. The other killed victim was Wiroj Khemnak, 43.

It is also disclosed that Thanasit Wiangkham, 22, sustained critical injuries.

Ramkhamhaeng hospital reported that among the eight patients it received, four were Ramkhamhaeng University students. Of this number, one was discharged and another transferred to another hospital. As of yesterday morning, only one case remained at the hospital.

Dr Panya General Hospital reported that of the 15 people sent there to undergo treatment, only six cases had been discharged by yesterday morning. Three had been shot – Atthaphon Hombhupha, 19, in the left side of his front leg; 30-year-old foreigner Bun Ratana in his back; and Sorasak Musikaew, 22, was shot in his right foot. Tanaphong Kongkriangkai, 21, was injured by shrapnel but has now been allowed to go home, according to the hospital’s report.

In a related development, as of 6pm yesterday, the Erawan Health Emergency Centre said at least 46 people were sent to hospitals and treated for tear-gas inhalation. Tear gas was fired almost throughout the confrontations between police and anti-government demonstrators at various locations.

How the clashes unfolded

Police used tear gas and water treated with a chemical additive yesterday after protesters tried to remove barriers and push back against a police line near Government House and the Metropolitan Police Bureau.

11am: Protesters face police barriers and police line on Chamai Maruchet Bridge and on Rama V Road. Police announce warning but protesters throw rocks and bottles at police. Officers toss missiles back.

11.25am: Protesters at Chamai Maruchet Bridge try to push the line again, remove some concrete barriers. Police use tear gas on protesters.

11.45am: Protesters at the First Infantry Division intersection remove barbed wire. Police announce warning before firing tear gas at protesters trying to break into Metropolitan Police Bureau.

12.44pm: Police at Wat Benchamabophit Intersection begin using tear gas on protesters.

1.35pm: Protesters at First Infantry Division intersection try to break the barriers during a war of words. Police use chemically treated water.

2.30pm: Protesters at First Infantry Division continue to push the line; police reply with more tear gas and chemically treated water.

3.30pm: Protesters break through barriers via Oratai Bridge and reach fence of Government House, forcing police officers inside Government Compound.

3.25pm: Government’s Centre for the Administration of Peace and Order (CAPO) announces reclaiming of areas at Government Complex and Finance Ministry.

4pm: Protesters and police at Wat Benchamabophit Intersection resume clashes. Police use tear gas. Protesters decide to leave at 6pm.

6pm: Police and protesters at Chamai Maruchet Bridge and First Infantry Division continue to fight; heavy use of tear gas by police.

Official toll

Casualties from incidents in Ramkhamhaeng area

Deaths 3

Injured 58

Tear-gas injuries 46

Source: Erawan Emergency Medical Centre


Drama at Ramkhamhaeng University, as it happened
The Nation / Phuket Gazette
PHUKET: Saturday November 30 8pm: Protesters at Ramkhamhaeng University close the university’s rear gates where police were positioned for security purposes. Two gunshots are heard and a Cambodian construction worker, Bun Rattana, 29, is hit by a “stray” bullet. Protesters stream out of the university grounds en mass, leading to a confrontation with police.

8.30pm: Police say Ramkhamhaeng Soi 24 is closed to traffic.

9pm: More than 300 red-shirt protesters in Rajamangala Stadium clash with anti-government protesters at the university. 300 anti-riot police are called in to keep the two sides apart.

10.22pm: Government-runs twitter @ThaiKhuFah and posts: “The Centre for the Administration of Peace and Order (CAPO) wishes to clarify that police were not responsible for the shooting at Ramkhamhaeng University. Police investigations have discovered the shooting was related to a local brawl. Police patrolling the area are unarmed.’

11pm: Pol Maj Gen Anucha Romayanant, deputy spokesman for CAPO, announces that one man was killed and five others were injured in the shooting. Throughout the night and during the morning, explosions are heard around the university.

8.05am: Red-shirt leader Jatuporn Prompan announces a complete dispersal of protesters at Rajamangala Stadium, claiming four-red shirt protesters had been shot dead.

8.20am: Ramkhamhaeng University Rector Assoc Prof Wuthisak Lapcharoensap says that at around 6am, students were woken by the sound of shooting and explosions. A number of students were seriously injured, but he was unable to confirm the number. Wuthisak says 2,000 students are stranded and should be evacuated as soon as possible.

10.20am: CAPO deputy director Pol Gen Worapong Chiewpreecha says police cannot access the university because the situation is not under control. He says police are trying to arrange BMA buses to get protesters out of the university.

10.30am: Pheu Thai spokesman Prompong Nopparit claims the shootings are the work of an ill-intentioned third party wanting to stir up trouble.

12.00am: Erawan centre reports two dead and 45 injured in the shooting attack on the university.

1pm: Ramkhamhaeng University announces that it will close temporarily until December 3 and suspends all classes, exams and other activities.

2.20pm: Gen Songwit Nunpakdee leads a company of soldiers from the 11th Infantry Regiment King’s Guard to take control of the university area.

2.45pm: Students and protesters are moved out of the campus in eight university buses to a shelter at a Rama 9 temple, before being sent home.

3.50pm: A bus is set on fire in front of Ramkhamhaeng University

— Phuket Gazette Editors

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Thailand News Today | Big Bike licenses, Parliament latest, Zombie saleswoman | October 28

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Thailand to introduce separate test for big bike riders from next year

From next February, motorbike riders in Thailand will be required to pass a separate driving test and training session if they wish to receive a licence for a “big bike”.

The regulation has been formalised in a bid to cut road traffic accidents which are predominantly motorbikes (about 75%) and predominantly male. From February 19, anyone with a bike over 400cc will need to attend additional training sessions and take a test in order to comply with the law.

What has not been made clear at this stage is whether foreign riders in possession of a big bike licence from their home country will also be required to take the test.

PM refuses to resign, citing concerns over political divide, the economy, Covid-19

The latest word on Thai politics and the protests and the Thai PM has made it clear he will not resign, saying he has no intention of “abandoning the country during a crisis”.

Addressing Parliament, Prayut Chan-o-cha pointed to the current problems facing Thailand, including the political divide in society, the crisis brought on by the slowdown of the economy, and the dangers of a Covid-19 resurgence. He said…

“You should think back to the political rallies in 2006 and 2014, when the ones in power also did not resign. I refuse to comply with the proposals that do not represent the needs of the majority of the people and will not run away from problems or abandon the country during a crisis.

He went on to say…

“The political rallies could undermine the confidence in our economy, but what worries me is that it could cause a rift in Thai society.

Meanwhile an opposition party MP has slashed his arm in front of officials in Parliament, in protest at the treatment of the country’s political activists. Visan Techatirawat, a party member of the opposition Pheu Thai Party, says the gesture was his own personal protest to oppose the government’s action against peaceful protesters at a rally in the capital on October 17.

Visan slashed his left hand and arm 3 times on the second day of the joint parliamentary debate aimed at finding a way out of the current political impasse.

2 foreigners in same hotel as the Koh Samui woman test positive for Covid-19

Officials are reviewing the use of a Samut Prakan hotel, just outside Bangkok, as an ASQ quarantine facility, after 3 foreign nationals staying there tested positive for Covid-19. The first was a 57 year old woman who developed symptoms of the virus after she had completed 14 days’ quarantine and had returned to her home on the island of Koh Samui.

Yesterday, 2 more foreigners staying at the same hotel also tested positive. All 3 are now receiving hospital treatment, but officials are still not sure how they became infected or if their cases are even linked. He added that the hotel, the Siam Mandarina, may not meet the required standard of an alternative state quarantine facility.

Don’t forget to extend your visa! Thai Immigration warns about fines for late applicants

Still need to extend your visa? You have until Halloween, October 31. With the visa amnesty deadline approaching, Thai Immigration Bureau is reminding foreigners to get their visa in order by the end of this month.

Late applicants will be fined.

No matter when your visa is extended, as long as it’s before the deadline of October 31, it will go into effect on November 1 and allow a 60 day stay.

Since the recent amnesty period was put in place a few days after the initial September 26 deadline, those who paid 1,900 baht for 30 day visa extensions last month are now allowed to stay until November 30, but they need to go to immigration to get a stamp with the new expiration date.

If you’re not sure about your visa status, you should go to your local immigration office or speak to a qualified visa agent.

13 new Covid-19 cases in quarantine

Just briefly, 13 new Covid-19 cases have been detected in Thai quarantine over the past 24 hours, including 4 Thai students, according to the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration.

The total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Thailand is at 3,759 with 3,561 recoveries and 59 deaths. 139 people are currently receiving medical treatment for the coronavirus.

Thai woman dressed as a zombie sells dead people’s clothes

And it might not work in many countries but it’s sure working well for this enterprising Thai woman. The zombie saleswoman is selling dead people’s clothes online.

32 year old Kanittha sells the clothes of deceased people on a Facebook live stream while dressed as “the living dead”. She gives a story behind every pieces of clothing, explaining how each person died. Perhaps it would be a real business kill in most countries, but not in Thailand where the spirit world and superstition are just as real to some Thais as the world of the living.

Traditionally in Thailand, clothes of the deceased are burned.

She gets the clothes from a local temple. She says a monk does a blessing for the deceased before the clothes are given to her. The prices range from 10 to 100 baht. Some brand names and designer clothes are also sold at vastly reduced prices. She’s donated some money from the sales back to the temple. In addition to the dead’s clothes, Kanittha sells handmade zombie dolls.

Kanittha live streams each week from her home in the Northern province of Phetchabun. It takes her up to 3 hours to apply her zombie makeup, but she says the costume helps draw in viewers.

Storm warnings as typhoon enters Vietnam

Flooding is being reported in at least 6 provinces, with warnings of heavy rains and flash-flooding up to Friday. Typhoon Molave has reached the Vietnamese coast, just south of Da Nang, and is slowly moving westwards towards Laos and then north eastern Thailand as it weakens.

It is the fourth tropical storm to batter the southeast Asian country since 11 October and the ninth since the start of the year.

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Woman faces charges after allegedly slapping a student for not standing during national anthem

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A woman is facing assault charges after she allegedly slapped a 15 year old student who didn’t stand up for the national anthem at a train station in Ayutthaya.

The woman, a food vendor at the train station, allegedly approached the student when the anthem ended. In a video shared by thousands on Twitter, the woman said “Stand up. Come here …What a waste. You’re a student wearing the student uniform.”

The student says she told the woman that she didn’t stand up because she was in pain from menstrual cramps. The student’s family later filed a complaint with police.

Thailand’s national anthem plays at schools and public places everyday at 8am and 6pm. People stop what they are doing and stand in silence until the song is over to show respect for the Thai Monarchy and the country.

With the recent pro-democracy movement, some have shown defiance against the government and monarchy by holding their hands up in the movement’s 3-finger salute, borrowed from the Hunger Games films, during the national anthem. Royalists have rallied and called on the protesters to stop “insulting” the Thai institution.

There are also cases of people not standing up before cinema films during the playing of the Royal Anthem.

SOURCES: Nation Thailand | Coconuts Bangkok

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Reminder from Thai Foreign Affairs about staying in Thailand after October 31

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The following was sent by Thailand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, reminding foreigners about staying in Thailand after the current visa amnesty expires…

“Mr. Tanee Sangrat, Director-General of the Department of Information and Foreign Ministry Spokesperson reiterated that all stranded foreign nationals who wish to stay in the Kingdom of Thailand beyond 31 October 2020 need to submit an application for extension of temporary stay at the Immigration Bureau within 31 October 2020.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has circulated a Note Verbale to all diplomatic missions, consular representatives and international organisations in Thailand, to seek their cooperation in informing and advising their foreign nationals regarding this matter.

According to the Notification of the Ministry of Interior on Permission for Certain Groups of Aliens to Remain in the Kingdom as a Special Case (No. 4) issued on 30 September 2020, foreign nationals are permitted for temporary stay in Thailand until 31 October 2020.

Late application submission is allowed within 90 days after 31 October 2020, subject to a fine. Those who remain in the Kingdom without application submission within such grace period shall be deemed as overstaying and will be prosecuted, deported and prohibited from entering Thailand.”

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