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The latest on today’s protests and the background as to why the protesters moved from the Crown Property Bureau. All on Wednesday’s Thailand News Today.

Protesters flip the location of today’s protest. Counter protests planned.

Protesters moved the location of today’s protests to the the headquarters of Siam Commercial Bank in Bangkok.

When protesters heard about a counter rally to meet and challenge them at the Crown Property building they decided to switch locations to the SCB headquarters around 10.30 last night.

SCB is a Thai bank that was set up under the auspices of the Crown Property Bureau. Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn is still the largest single shareholder, owning 23.35% of SCB shares.

Deputy PM and police warn protesters to stay away from the Crown Property Bureau

Stay away. That was the orders from police when the protesters were set to rally outside the Crown Property Bureau. Demonstrators would have been required to stay at least 150 metres away from the building in Phitsanulok Road.

A record 6,000 police were mobilised to handle the expected large crowd. Additional police have been shipped in from the provinces to bolster security for today’s rally.

Army re-inforcements have also been called in today, according to an Army spokesperson. The anti-government groups have also brought in their unarmed security force of some 50 people calling themselves “special services”.

Deputy PM Prawit Wongsuwon also warned royalists groups to avoid mounting a counter-demonstration against the planned anti-government rally yesterday.

12 anti-government protesters summonsed to hear lèse majesté charges

Meanwhile, with almost impeccable timing, 12 pro-democracy protesters have been issued with police summons to hear charges under the lèse majesté laws.

Section 112 covers insulting, defaming or threatening the Monarchy. Anyone convicted on lèse majesté charges faces imprisonment of between 3 and 15 years.

In June this year the Thai PM announced that HM the King had asked the government not to impose the country’s lèse majesté laws.

BBC names Thai protest leader Panusaya in global list of 100 most inspiring women

One of the protesters facing charges has also been named by the BBC as one of the world’s 100 most inspiring and influential women of 2020.

Thai pro-democracy activist, Panusayaaka. “Rung”, has been singled out in thelist of women around the world who are driving change in challenging times. Panusaya is one of 3 Thai women to be listed.

As the leader of protest group, the United Front of Thammasat and Demonstration, she came to international attention at a Bangkok rally in August, when she read out the group’s controversial 10 point manifesto calling for reform of the Monarchy – a taboo topic never before publicly discussed.

We’ll have the latest information about today’s protests at the end of the bulletin.

Monk dies after jumping in front of speeding train in north-east Thailand

A monk has died after jumping on to rail tracks and into the path of an approaching train in the north-eastern province of Si Sa Ket, near the Cambodian border.

The incident occurred at a provincial train station in front of horrified witnesses yesterday morning.

Witnesses report that he jumped onto the tracks and stood with his arms open, in the path of an oncoming train.

Health officials call for smoking to be banned in residential buildings in Thailand

Thai health officials are calling for a ban on smoking in residential buildings, such as condominiums, hotels, and dormitories.

Those campaigning for a change in the law say it’s needed to protect the health of residents, and children in particular. The Health Laws and Ethics Centre at Thamassat University, says residential buildings should be smoke-free in order to protect residents from second-hand smoke. He was speaking at a seminar on the protection of non-smoking condo residents.

According to recent surveys only 15% say they are still smokers. 89% of respondents were in support of a total ban on smoking in condo buildings.

No vaccine, no flight – Qantas will require international travellers to be vaccinated

Qantas, Australia’s national airline, has been the first of what will likely be a common airline stipulation, with a requirement that all international travellers will need to have a vaccination against Covid-19 when it finally becomes available.

Qantas CEO Alan Joyce says the Australian flag carrier would implement the measure once a coronavirus vaccine was made available to the public.

“For international visitors coming to Australia and people leaving the country, we think that is a necessity.”

Joyce says the new rule is likely to become a standard practice by all airlines worldwide as many governments are now working to introduce electronic vaccination passports.

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    Don R

    Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at 10:06 pm

    Qantas’s argument is that young, healthy travelers should take a vaccine dose from a vulnerable person so that the airline industry can get back to making money ASAP.

    Rationality and ethics have taken a backseat in 2020.

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    James

    Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at 11:53 pm

    Australia is a desert at the arse-end of the world, full of crude, rude Ozzies, who would want to go there anyway.

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      Michael Cosgrove

      Thursday, November 26, 2020 at 6:18 am

      Very arrogant to place everyone in the same catagory.

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      Fred glue

      Thursday, November 26, 2020 at 6:37 am

      That’s a low blow,,, that hurt. With that comment, ?????

    • The Thaiger & The Nation

      The Thaiger & The Nation

      Thursday, November 26, 2020 at 8:12 am

      As our esteemed leader is one of your “crude, rude Ozzies” we have to concur. But they won’t take him back.

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        Fred glue

        Thursday, November 26, 2020 at 8:31 am

        I don’t understand what you are saying, the thaiger & the nation. That comment should be removed.
        That was done by James..

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          Fred glue

          Thursday, November 26, 2020 at 9:14 am

          Get fucked with your newspaper.

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    Fred glue

    Thursday, November 26, 2020 at 9:54 am

    That comment by James should have never been printed about Australia, the thaiger news paper applys racism & engrougs poor journalism, its a racist newspaper. You are god dam right I will defend Australia.
    That’s it I have had my say, racists bastards that what this news paper is….

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      The Thaiger

      Thursday, November 26, 2020 at 10:05 am

      Thanks ocka.bone@hotmail.com. We allow people to have their opinions, good and bad. As to your opinion that Thaiger is “racist bastards”, we deny that emphatically. ‘Australia’ isn’t a ‘race’, it’s a Commonwealth of former British colonies federated in 1901. Also, The Thaiger is NOT a newspaper.

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        Fred glue

        Thursday, November 26, 2020 at 10:33 am

        So we don’t count as human beings, here in Australia. The thaiger allows comments in racial abuse.
        We all live here wether you’re red, green , yellow or black & white, your point is taken of the British colonies federation act in 1901… you win, congratulations….

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    Fred glue

    Thursday, November 26, 2020 at 10:59 am

    And by the way, I am not a Australian white man that you sussgested,, with 1901 act. That you have said…
    You have thought I was white man.. the thaiger good too know that you only support white people…

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    Fred glue

    Thursday, November 26, 2020 at 11:28 am

    tts good too know that the thaiger only supports, the white commonwealth of its British colonies federation act in 1901. Here in Australia. The rest of us do not count….. finish with one way comments, that hurt people….

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      The Thaiger

      Thursday, November 26, 2020 at 2:16 pm

      For fucks sake, get over it. We said nothing of the sort. Stop making up things you claim we said and playing the victim game.

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Night markets in Chiang Mai will be reopened tomorrow after the province went 6 consecutive days with no new Covid-19 cases.

According to Chiang Mai Governor, Charoenrit Sanguansat, the province and the provincial disease control committee agreed to ease up restrictions on social and business activities after the number of infections continually dropped and no new infections were reported during the past week.

As a result, flea markets, night markets, and walking streets across the province will be reopened tomorrow onwards.

However, the governor still reiterates that marketplaces and visitors must follow the disease control measures strictly.

Since the start of the second wave of Covid-19 in mid-December, Chiang Mai has tightened restrictions to prevent the virus spread in the province, with the order to close all markets and social activities for 14 days on January 6.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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Man arrested for allegedly overstaying 60 day tourist visa by 7 years

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Immigration police arrested a 40 year old Nigerian man for allegedly overstaying his visa by 2,683 days. The man entered Thailand in April 2014 on a 60 day tourist visa. He was arrested in in Ratchathewi district of Bangkok.

Illegal immigration is considered as a major factor of the second wave of Covid-19 after the outbreak Samut Sakhon seafood market affecting a large migrant population.

Thai Visa says immigration officers were “targeting Africans to check on their visa status as part of measures associated with the Covid-19 pandemic.”

The penalties for overstaying in Thailand are as follows…

When surrendering at airport immigration when leaving Thailand…

  • Overstay less than 90 Days = 500 Thai baht/day overstay fine (maximum 20,000 Thai baht)
  • Overstay more than 90 Days = 1 year ban from Thailand and 20,000 Thai baht overstay fine
  • Overstay more than 1 Year = 3 years ban from Thailand and 20,000 Thai baht overstay fine
  • Overstay more than 3 Years = 5 years ban from Thailand and 20,000 baht overstay fine
  • Overstay more than 5 Years = 10 years ban from Thailand and 20,000 baht overstay fine

When caught while overstaying…

  • Overstay of 1 day to 1 Year = 5 years ban from Thailand and 500 to 20,000 Thai baht overstay fine.
  • Overstay more than 1 Year = 10 years ban from Thailand and 20,000 Thai baht overstay fine.

SOURCES: True Crime Thailand | Thai Embassy| Thai Visa

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Police raid Isaan farm, arrest 2 people allegedly involved in illegal horse meat trade

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A 44 year old Thai woman was arrested for allegedly trafficking and selling horse meat illegally after police in the Isaan province Khon Kaen raided a farm and found 44 horses that – they say – were about to be slaughtered. Reports say the farm owner was also arrested, but did not give any additional information.

The horse meat was planned to be sold for 100 baht per kilogram and then smuggled across the natural borders to markets in Vietnam and China, according to Thai media.

Thai media says the woman and the farm owner face charges for possessing animals without registration, moving animals from to the epidemic control area without permission and illegal animal trade.

SOURCE: Thai Visa | INN News

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