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Plan to tear down palace wall opposed
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PHUKET: THE Fine Arts Department has registered the whole compound of King Taksin’s palace, including its wall, as a historical site since 1929, ruling out any moves to have it dismantled.

The Royal Thai Navy (RTN) said the wall was built during the reign of King Rama V, not King Taksin โ€“ a claim meant to support its plan to remove the wall.

King Taksin ruled Siam, now known as Thailand, between 1767 and 1782. King Rama V’s reign lasted from 1868 and 1910.

Officials at RTN headquarters, which now includes the old palace’s compound, have plans to improve its landscape. As part of the planned enhancement, the wall was to be taken down to facilitate the reception of important guests and military parades.

But Fine Arts Department’s director-general Borvornvate Rungrujee said yesterday, “No one can remove it. Even an adjustment will need our consent.”

He said his department had already sent information to the RTN to identify the exact scope of King Taksin’s palace.

The palace, also known as Phra Racha Wang Derm and the Thon Buri Palace, covers the throne hall, the royal villa of King Pinklao, the twin Chinese-style royal villas, the King Taksin Shrine, the Green House, the wall and arched gates.

“We sent the information to the RTN a few weeks ago,” Borvornvate said. “Next week, I will have a meeting with the director-general of the RTN Naval Logistics Department”.

RTN chief Admiral Kraisorn Chansuvanich said yesterday his officials would be ready to have a discussion with the Fine Arts Department.

“We will definitely conserve and maintain the country’s historical structures well,” he said.

However, he said the department must explain the wall’s status clearly. According to Kraisorn, the RTN had made several adjustments to the wall before also.

The Admiral also dismissed widely reported claims the wall was built during King Taksin’s rule.

“That’s inaccurate,” he insisted, “It was built in the reign of King Rama V.”

— Phuket Gazette Editors

 

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Former pageant queen in Myanmar sides with ethnic armies opposing military coup

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A former pageant queen Htar Htet Htet has been vocal about her opposition to the military takeover in her home country, Myanmar. But recently, she took her stance even farther by posting a photo of herself in a black combat outfit with an assault rifle, showing support for the ethnic armies fighting against the state military.

The Myanmar military took over the civilian government in February, ousting the state counsellor who had won the election in a landslide. Since then around 750 people have been killed by security forces.

Ethnic armies that occupy border regions have opposed the military takeover, including the prominent armed wing of the Karen National Union. Recently, Karen troops attacked and took over a state military outpost near the Thai border. Around 2,000 people have fled to Thailand to escape the violence.

The 32 year old, who represented Mynamar in the 2013 Miss Grand International pageant in Thailand, wrote on Facebook saying “the time has come to fight back.”

“Whether you hold a weapon, pen, keyboard or donate money to the pro-democracy movement, everyone must do their bit for the revolution to succeed.

I will fight back as much as I can. I am ready and prepared to give up everything. I am even ready to pay with my life.”

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More than 2,000 inmates at the Bangkok Remand Prison and at the Women’s Correctional Institution have tested positive for Covid-19. The announcement from the Department of Corrections follows the recent news that a protest leader tested positive for Covid-19 after spending 8 weeks in jail awaiting trial for lese majeste charges.

Pro-democracy activist Panusya “Rung” Sithijirawattanaku made a post on Facebook saying she tested positive for Covid-19. She had been held in the Women’s Correctional Institution for 59 days and was released on bail on May 6.

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The other 1,040 infections are inmates at the Central Women’s Correctional Institution. The prison has a population of 4,518 inmates.

Those with severe symptoms are admitted to hospitals outside the prison while the other infected inmates are being treated at field hospitals set up at the prisons or at the Corrections Hospital, according to Corrections Department director-general Aryut Sinthoppan.

“The Corrections Department has ordered all correctional facilities to set up an area for quarantine and a field hospital, with doctors and nurses on duty to provide treatment for the infected inmates… We also plan to inoculate all detainees. We are only waiting for an allocation of vaccines from relevant agencies.”

Aryut says those at high risk of infection are now in quarantine. New inmates are in quarantine for 21 days and must test negative for Covid-19 twice before being released to the general prison population.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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