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Young Thais say political divide has caused conflict with their parents

The ongoing political protests have led to a new, raw divide in Thailand with a split between a younger generation demanding democracy and an older generation trying to protect Thailand’s Monarchy.

Student-led protests continue to call for reform of the government, a new constitution, and reform of the country’s monarchy. They’ve spoken up about topics considered “unprecedented” in Thai society. Royalists, generally an older generation, have shot back and held rallies to show their support for the Thai Head of State, demanding the pro-democracy protesters to stop “insulting” the monarchy.

But this new political climate is causing rifts between families with some younger people claiming they’ve been ostracised, kicked out of home, losing their job and even been physically threatened for bringing up the topics or attending the protests.

There’s an excellent story about the phenomena at the thai website thisrupt.co

4 new Covid-19 cases in quarantine, 1 new case detected at Myanmar border

4 new Covid-19 cases were detected in quarantine and 1 new case was detected at a Myanmar border checkpoint.

The total number of confirmed Covid-19 in Thailand has now reached 3,810 cases with 3,623 recoveries and 59 total deaths. 128 people are still receiving medical treatment for the coronavirus here in Thailand.

A 27 year old Burmese truck driver tested positive for the virus at a border checkpoint on October 31. He was immediately deported back to Myanmar.

Cambodian PM tests negative for Covid-19 after meeting with Hungarian foreign minister

68 year old Cambodian PM Hun Sen says he tested negative for Covid-19, but he is self-quarantining for the next 14 days anyway.

On Tuesday, the prime minister met with Hungarian Foreign Minister who tested positive for Covid-19 while in Bangkok.

The Hungarian delegation had a 1 day visit in Phnom Penh on Tuesday before travelling to Bangkok where the foreign minister tested positive for the virus.

Before leaving Hungary and travelling to Cambodia, the delegates had all undergone testing and had medical certificates declaring that they were free from Covid-19.

After the delegation arrived at Suvarnabhumi Airport and tested positive he was taken to the Infectious Diseases Institute for treatment.

All appointments, including a session with the Thai PM, were cancelled and they flew back to Hungary on a private jet.

More websites get the Pornhub treatment

The Digital Economy and Society Ministry is on a roll, announcing plans to cut access to a further 209 websites following a block on adult website PornHub.

However, the names of the “misleading” or “offensive” websites which have incurred the ministry’s wrath have not been confirmed.

Earlier this week, a group gathered outside the DES ministry offices to protest against the decision to block access to the popular adult website. The DES responded by insisting the ban was essential to protecting decency and the “good values” of Thailand.

Second Thai airline hit by Covid fallout as Nok Air to prepare rehab plan

The Central Bankruptcy Court has approved Nok Air’s petition to begin a rehabilitation process, as the low-cost airline struggles with losses incurred due to the Covid-19 economic fallout.

Nok Air has accumulated debts of 26 billion baht, with only 23 billion baht in assets. In the first half of 2020, it reported revenue of 3.4 billion baht, a drop of nearly 48% in total revenue compared to the same period last year.

The carrier recorded a net loss of 3.75 billion baht in the first half of this year, up from the 1.18 billion baht loss from the same period in 2019.

While the rehab process is underway, Nok Air has been given a stay on payments and is holding talks with aircraft leasing companies who make up a large chunk of the airlines’ expenses.

Nok Air currently employs 1,500 staff.

Monk wins 18 million baht in lottery, donates money to temple

A monk won 18 million baht in Sunday’s Thai lottery and decided to donate the winnings.

The 67 year old says he didn’t buy the tickets with the hopes of winning. He bought them because a lottery ticket seller came by temple asking for help.

The monk gave 1 million baht to each of his 3 children. He then donated a portion of the winnings to the temple as well as to those who needed money. He saved the rest to help people who may need it in the future.

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Thai netizens say pro-government royalists carried out Wednesday’s protest shootings

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Thailand’s netizens are refuting police’s claims that pro-democracy protesters carried out Wednesday’s rally shootings. The shootings occurred at the rally site near Bangkok’s Siam Commerical Bank head office, where the rally site was originally planned but was then moved after protesters tried to avoid a clash with pro-government royalists. However, shots were fired, with police arresting a suspect on charges of attempted murder, shooting in public without reason, and carrying a firearm in public.

The netizens found footage of the scene, in which they say they identified the faces of the offenders. The revelation came after Deputy Metropolitan Police Bureau commissioner Piya Tawichai blamed Ratsadon guards for the shootings and injuries.

Meanwhile, the pro-democracy leaders have been called into questionby donors to the movement, as they have criticised how the leaders have used the donations, when a guard was shot and injured. Netizens took to social media to ask what “fairy godmother” Inthira “Sine” Charoenpura and Pakorn “Hia Bung” Pornchewangkurn were buying with the donation money with some online comments mentioning the display of yellow ducks and props as a poor use of donation funds. Some criticisers pointed towards using the donations to buy protective gear for protesters after the shootings occurred, prompting the 2 leaders to issue a statement that they would now use such funds for the injured guards.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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Thai protests to continue in full force into December in line with symbolic calendar events

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The pro-democracy protests are set to continue well into December, according to Thai security officials. Officials have been preparing to cope with a rise in anti-government activities as symbolic calendar events are coming up. Today the United Front of Thammasat and Demonstration group says a protest will take place outside the 1st Infantry Battalion on Vibhavadi Rangsit Road in Phaya Thai District, giving credit to the predictions that there will no end in sight to the protests.

Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana, a secretary to PM’s Office Minister Anucha Nakasai, made the announcement yesterday in light of the Constitutional Court being set to pass a ruling this Wednesday on whether PM Prayut is guilty of occupying a house that is meant for military officials.

Prayut is accused by the opposition of engaging in the conflict of interest by occupying the army residence. Such a move should have ended with his army chief tenure in 2014, according to critics.

Following the upcoming ruling on Wednesday, the symbolic calendar event of Constitution Day falls on December 10, a day which will ignite more protests as one of the main demands of pro-democracy demonstrators is to have a new Thai charter, along with the resignation of Prayut and reform of the Thai monarchy.

But despite the anticipated rise in rallies, security officials have ruled out the possibility of a military coup. Critics remain sceptical as many demonstrators claim the government has put police on the front lines of the protests, dressed in yellow shirts, in an attempt to spark a clash to pave the way for a coup. The current PM, when he was the head of the Thai Army in 2014, also said there would be “no coup” against the elected Yingluck Shinawatra government. A month later the NCPO led a bloodless coup and installed Prayut Chan-o-cha as the interim prime minister.

Piya Tawichai, the deputy commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Bureau, says protesters yesterday gathered near the Imperial World Samrong shopping mall in Samut Prakan before marching to the Bang Na intersection to rally, partially blocking the road. According to Kissana Phathanacharoen, the deputy spokesman for the national police, the protesters did not obtain permission for staging the rally.

Some protesters also reportedly spray-painted traffic police kiosks with messages that criticised the police for “ditching the people,” and smashed kiosk windows. Panusaya “Rung” Sithijirawattanakul, a protest leader, posted on Facebook yesterday that she has been summoned for violating Section 112 of the Criminal Code, which bans anyone from criticising the King which states:

“Whoever defames, insults or threatens the King, the Queen, the Heir-apparent or the Regent, shall be punished with imprisonment of three to fifteen years.”

Rung says she believes the summons is linked to the September 10 anti-government rally.

SOURCE:The Phuket News

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Ron Howard to direct cave rescue feature film ‘Thirteen Lives’ in Australia

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PHOTO: The entrance to the real Tham Luang cave near the Myanmar border in far north Thailand

The Australian Government is putting up A$13 million to Imagine Entertainment and film giant MGM to shoot a live-action feature film called Thirteen Lives, based on the Chiang Rai Tham Luang cave rescue story. The film will be shot in Queensland, Australia in the hinterland areas behind the Gold Coast.

The film will be directed by Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind, Apollo 13, The Da Vince Code, Cocoon, Solo: A Star Wars Story, Splash, Frost/Nixon), and start filming in March 2021. The state’s Gold Coast hinterland will double for Thailand with a similar hot, humid climate.

The Australian Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts, Paul Fletcher MP, says the production ishould inject more than A$96 million into the Australian economy, “directly creating around 435 jobs for cast and crew”.

Thirteen Lives will tell the remarkable story of the effort by many volunteers, including Australians, to undertake an incredibly complex rescue. And I am proud to say that this story will be told here in Australia.”

“I understand this project will also undertake a significant amount of cutting-edge visual effects work here, a great opportunity for our local post, digital and visual effects companies.”

Thirteen Lives follows the true story of the 2018 Tham Laung cave rescue of the Mu Pa (Wild Boar) football team, trapped in a cave by heavy rain and flooding in Chiang Rai, far north Thailand. After the team was stuck for days with no supplies and falling oxygen levels, a group of diving and rescue experts from all over the world were called up to work together with their Thai counterparts to save the 13 young men. Among those experts were a group of divers from the United Kingdom and Australia.

The first major feature film about the rescue operation was The Cave, released in October 2019. The film was quite critical of the Thai red-tape which hampered much of the early rescue efforts.

Ron Howard has worked with plenty of Australians in the past.

“From Thirteen Lives to the animated projected I am directing with Animal Logic in Australia, I am excited about the opportunity to film and work in Australia and dramatically expand on that list of collaborators whose sensibilities and work ethic I have long admired and respected.”

Imagine Entertainment and MGM’s Thirteen Lives will be distributed by Universal Pictures International.

Watch a message from director Ron Howard HERE.

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