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Thailand’s government has banned assemblies, protests, and mass gatherings citing fears over Covid-19 spreading. The Royal Gazette, Thailand’s official site for publishing new laws and regulations, made the announcement late last night on the heels of another protest scheduled for today.

The ban is in place for Bangkok and 5 other provinces including Samut Prakan, Samut Songkhram, Pathum Thani, Nakhon Pathom, and Nonthaburi provinces.

Thai Government officials insist the ban on protests is not political but some are skeptical as a protest last weekend ended in violence after demonstrators tried to march to the home of PM Prayut Chan-o-cha.  The “leaderless protest” set for today, by “Redem” pro-democracy group, is set to march to the Thai Criminal Court. And, protest groups on social media have stated that the new regulations will not stop scheduled future protests.

Despite the Emergency Decree that has been put in place to ban mass gatherings, the new law will cover more ground by giving the government more power to assert control over law-breakers by including fines up to 40,000 baht or up to 2 years in jail. The new law is effective until further notice.

Yesterday, the pro-democracy group Ratsadon, arrived to the outskirts of Bangkok, after a nearly 250 kilometre, 17 day long walk from the Thao Suranaree statue in Korat province’s Muang district. The group was protesting the imprisonment of 9 pro-democracy demonstrators who are being denied bail. The march, named “Walk Through the Sky: Bring Back the People’s Power,” started on February 16.

The march is expected to end today at Bangkok’s Democracy Monument, but it is unclear whether or not the protest will be stopped in accordance to the new ban.

Thailand has seen a drop in the amount of daily reported cases of Covid-19, with numbers decreasing to double-digits. The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration assistant spokeswoman is now claiming that Thailand has successfully contained the second wave of Covid, which broke out last December.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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  1. Ian

    Saturday, March 6, 2021 at 3:33 pm

    The dictatorship are running scared this is so bad this is why you fight for freedom once again they are using covid as a excuse disgusting
    Look over the border at Myanmar is this what we want Thailand to be like because it will be if thier isn’t a uprising on a major scale

  2. Jim kelly

    Saturday, March 6, 2021 at 9:06 pm

    YES IAN… A MAJOR THAI REVOLUTION IS ON ITS WAY….THERE WILL COME A POINT WHEN THIS KICKS OFF INTO SOMETHING SPECTACULAR AND DEPOSES PRAYUT AND HIS BAND OF OLD, CORRUPT, UNEDUCATED, ‘FARANG-HATING’ T-WATS!!!!

  3. Kuhn David

    Saturday, March 6, 2021 at 9:22 pm

    How soon before deadly force is authorized to break up these protestors? Covid my ass, people will become more determined to protest.

  4. Kuhn David

    Saturday, March 6, 2021 at 10:02 pm

    And yet Songkran Festivals will beallowed? Amazing misuse of power.

  5. EdwardV

    Saturday, March 6, 2021 at 11:07 pm

    Paging slugger. What was that you were opining about Freedom House again?

  6. Toby Andrews

    Saturday, March 6, 2021 at 11:13 pm

    Some Roman emperor said give them bread an circuses and they will never revolt.
    This despotic tyrant government are giving the citizens Songkran.
    Not enough.
    Give them smart cell phones and they will be in a stupor for ten hours a day.

  7. west tiger

    Sunday, March 7, 2021 at 1:28 am

    This is more than about covid

  8. TC

    Sunday, March 7, 2021 at 2:35 am

    5555. Funny shiiite.
    A can’t see this little move increasing their freedom rating. Not that any dictatotor, despot or military ruler has ever worried about a freedom rating!
    As an aside it shows how right Trump was about the UN. What a waste of money that organization is. The people of Myanmar are being murdered by another illegal Govt and all we hear from them is a whimper.
    The Chinese are behind ALL of these military lead dictatorships. Funding and enabling them.

  9. Social Observer

    Sunday, March 7, 2021 at 7:45 am

    The purpose of the military is to protect the country against foreign countries. The military is not supposed to be the government. When they do become the government they are not military anymore. They are Mafia. Gangsters. Thugs.

  10. funny coz its true

    Monday, March 8, 2021 at 6:44 am

    protests = bad, virus

    Songkran = Money. sorry I mean good, no virus

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