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Vegetarian Festival price gouging arrives ahead of tomorrow’s festival

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Vegetable prices have climbed up by a few baht per kilo ahead of the Chinese Vegetarian Festival, which will officially kick off tomorrow, principally in Phuket and Bangkok.

Vendors at a fresh market in Bangkok believed vegetable prices would soar even higher during the festival, which runs up to October 17.The price of a kilo of celery, which cost around 10 baht only recently, had risen more than 30 per cent to 14 baht per kilo today.

Some people started their vegetarian diet a few days ago to ensure their systems were free from meat when the festival starts.

Many vendors are cooking Chinese vegetarian food for sale. Each bag costs between 35 – 40 baht. Freshly cooked dishes cost between 40 – 50 baht each.

However, Chinese vegetarian food also excludes eggs, milk, garlic among others.

Commerce Minister Sontirat Sontijirawong said on Sunday that he had instructed the Internal Trade Department to ensure commodity prices do not rise too high during the Chinese Vegetarian Festival.

According to a survey by the Thai Chamber of Commerce University’s Centre for Business and Economic Forecasting, about 33.8 per cent of people would be joining the festival. They plan to buy Chinese vegetarian food from convenience stores or local food shops. Some 41.9 per cent of those polled believe they will have to pay more for vegetarian items this year.

It is estimated that the upcoming Chinese Vegetarian Festival will boost cash flow to 45.93 billion baht. Although the figure is the highest-ever, it marks a growth rate of just 1.9 per cent. This is the smallest growth rate in 11 years or ever since the centre started conducting surveys on Thailand’s Chinese Vegetarian Festival.

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STORY: The Nation

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2 shot outside Bangkok massage parlour

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PHOTO: Facebook: วิเวก เตาปูน อาสากู้ชีพ

Police are investigating a shooting at a Bangkok massage parlour where a person was shot in the neck and another person shot in the backside. Police have not identified the shooter, but a post by a Facebook user accused an alleged “well known gambler” of shooting the 2 people.

Police were called at 3am Wednesday to the Saree Sauna & Spa on Ratchapruek in the Phasi Charoen, a Bangkok district just across the west side of the Chao Phraya. A fight allegedly broke out around 10:30pm Tuesday between the 3 people. A person then allegedly pulled out a gun and shot the other 2.

The suspect has not been identified by police at this stage. Investigators are collecting more evidence and reviewing surveillance camera footage before naming a suspect and issuing an arrest warrant.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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Opposition MP slashes his arm in protest at treatment of anti-government activists

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An opposition party MP has slashed his arm in front of officials in Parliament, in protest at the treatment of 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. Police remain accused of using high-powered water cannons laced with chemicals to disperse the gathering, although police chiefs have denied using any chemicals.

Visan slashed his left hand and arm 3 times on the second day of a parliamentary debate aimed at finding a way out of the current political impasse. He says that, while he’s been in politics since 1986, he still doesn’t know how to solve the political problems facing the country and would rather shed his own blood than have the young protesters have to shed theirs.

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It’s understood the opposition politician used a fruit knife he’d borrowed from a maid in the parliament building. He says he did not announce his plans to anyone, including his family, before carrying out the act.

Nation Thailand reports that officials and others who witnessed the act were left shocked, with Parliament President, Chuan Leekpai, calling on first-aiders to help. Visan was subsequently taken to hospital and later apologised for the shock he caused. He says the Thai PM Prayut Chan-o-cha must listen to the protesters, rather than resorting to the use of force and standing behind the fence of legal barriers put in place by the unelected NCPO.

Since mid-July, anti-government protesters, primarily students and the younger population, have been taking to the streets with a list of demands. They include the PM’s resignation, the dissolution of parliament, and fresh elections. They are also calling for a re-write of the 2017 constitution and for reform of the monarchy.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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Royalists crowd Bangkok’s Lumpini Park to support Thai Monarchy

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Bangkok’s Lumpini Park was crowded with royalists yesterday afternoon after gathering to show their support and respect for the institution of the Thai Monarchy. The gathering is in response to a series of pro-democracy protests over the past 2 weeks, specifically, and the the last 3 months more generally, calling on government reform and questioning the role of His Majesty the King’s political activities during his time in Germany.

Royalists massed to show their respect for the Thai Monarchy, all dressed in yellow, the colour that symbolises the royal institution. Some held photos of the royal family including Rama IX and Rama X. They shouted “We love the King. Long Live the King.”

The royalists also called on pro-democracy protesters to stop making remarks, they say, are offensive to the Thai Monarchy. Last month, pro-government leader Tul Sithisomwang filed police complaints against 3 pro-reform leaders for allegedly violating Thailand’s lèse majesté law, which prohibits insults or comments that defame the Thai Monarchy.

A smaller group of royalists gathered in the morning outside the United States Embassy in Bangkok and called on the American government to end a so-called hybrid war, accusing them of “interfering” with Thai politics and internal affairs.

The royalists also plan to rally outside the French Embassy and the Japanese Embassy, countries they say are also subverting the Thai Monarchy, without any specific evidence.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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