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Thai Deputy PM Wissanu says amending charter can be done within two months

Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngarm told Parliament today that amending the Constitution could be completed in just two months, via a fast-track approach based on the two constitutional drafts…

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Election Commission to file criminal charges against Thanathorn

The Election Commission today decided to file criminal charges against Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, leader of the now-defunct Future Forward Party in connection with the 191-million- baht loan case that has doomed…

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Protesters end rally at Bangkok’s German Embassy

Thousands of protesters ended their rally in front of the German Embassy on South Sathorn Road after submitting a letter addressed to the German government stressing their call for Prime…

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Thai protest leader Anont Nampa released, rebooked and returned to Bangkok

Human rights lawyer Anont Nampa, one of four prominent anti-government protest leaders, was granted bail by Chiang Mai provincial court today (Monday) but, as he was about to be released,…

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Thai PM asks opposition MPs if they know what will happen if he steps down

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha asked opposition MPs in Parliament today to make it clear whether they want him to step down or to dissolve the House of Representatives. Responding…

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Anti-establishment demonstrators rally at German Embassy in Bangkok

Anti-establishment demonstrators have gathered at the German Embassy on Sathorn Road in Thailand’s capital, Bangkok, after a march from their assembly point at Samyan, where they gathered at about 6pm….

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Anti-government protesters gather at Rajprasong commercial area. Octber 15, 2020

Protesters to rally at German Embassy on Monday

Anti-government protesters plan to rally at the German Embassy on South Sathorn Road Monday evening to further put pressure on Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to resign. Protest organizers last night…

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Drag queen group adds colour to anti-government protests

Members of Thailand’s LBGT community added a lighter side to the anti-government protests at Ratchaprasong intersection today. A group, named “Drag Queen”, drew considerable attention for their distinctive make-up and costumes,…

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Thai parliament to discuss political situation and reform of the monarchy

Thailand’s parliament is scheduled to convene for a special session tomorrow (Monday) for two days of debate on the current political situation and related issues, in a bid to work…

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Young protesters improvise ways to outwit authorities

The past month has seen thousands of mostly young anti-establishment protesters take to the streets in Bangkok. But unlike its predecessors, the latest popular uprising in Thailand belongs firmly to…

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What if Prayut steps down?

The deadline arrives today (Saturday) for Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to listen to the anti-government protesters’ demands and step down, but it is very unlikely the embattled premier will cave…

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Royalists rallying in front of the Government Complex on Chaengwattana Road to demonstrate their support for the monarchy.

More royalists in yellow take to the streets

More royalist groups rallied in support of the monarchy in many provinces across the country on Wednesday. In Bangkok, hundreds of people wearing yellow shirts assembled in front of the…

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PM Prayut revokes state of emergency

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has revoked the severe state of emergency imposed in Bangkok last week to deal with the ongoing anti-government protests. The revocation, which was published in the…

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Thai media freedom in spotlight after court reverses protest-related closure ruling

In a rare move, the Criminal Court admitted that its earlier order to close down all online platforms of Voice TV was “incorrect”. The court on Wednesday overturned its ruling…

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Will special Parliament session be a time-buying tactic?

Most observers hold little hope that next week’s extraordinary parliamentary session will lead to concrete solutions satisfactory to both sides in Thailand’s ongoing political conflict. Critics said the move to…

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A group of royalists during a rally in the southern province of Narathiwat Wednesday.

Royalists making their presence felt

Royalists opposed to the on-going protests demanding a reform of the monarchy have begun to emerge to make their voice heard.   As a group of students and royalists held…

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Today’s “big surprise” from Thailand’s protesters is no surprise

Crowds gathered at many BTS stations around Bangkok today, just before 6pm. Then they sang the National Anthem, raised their 3-finger salute, and most went home right after the song…

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Chiang Mai police refuse to disclose how many protesters they have in custody

In Chiang Mai today, officials at the provincial prison turned down a request, from a group of lecturers and students, to be allowed to visit two protest leaders on remand…

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Thai-style Democracy – Do we really comprehend ‘Democracy’?

The current political conflict in Thailand has widened the rift within Thai society and divided opinion into two main camps, namely pro-democracy and anti-establishment versus pro-government and royalists. It seems…

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Thai protest leaders, Penguin and Rung, booked by police after release on bail

Two prominent protest leaders, Parit “Penguin” Chivarak and Ms. Panasaya “Rung” Sitthijirawattanakul, were booked by Chanasongkhram police after they were released on bail from Tanya Buri prison in Pathum Thani…

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Thailand’s PM orders a review of media gag orders

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has instructed the Joint Command for the Administration of Emergency Situation, headed by the National Police Chief, to reconsider its order for the Ministry of…

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House Speaker tells PM all parties agree to a special parliamentary session

Parliament President Chuan Leekpai has formally informed Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha about cross party agreement to the opening of an extraordinary parliamentary session, to discuss the current political conflict,…

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Economy, pandemic overshadow climate for young U.S. voters

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) – The two dozen students who signed up for air pollution expert James Goldstene’s advanced environmental studies class all say they are deeply passionate about fighting climate…

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Pro-democracy protesters gather on a major road intersection for an anti-government rally in Bangkok on October 16, 2020, after Thailand issued an emergency decree. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)

Govt legitimacy eroding fast as crackdown on protesters makes global headlines

Thailand’s renewed political tension is increasingly worrisome, as the government continues ignoring demands of anti-establishment protesters who are becoming bolder under the spotlight of global attention.   The youth-led protesters…

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Protesters disperse declaring that Thailand’s protests don’t need a leader

Anti-government protesters, who gathered at the Victory Monument and Asoke intersection in Bangkok and started dispersing after 8pm today, claim that Thailand has a new protest model, which does not…

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Thailand’s Palang Pracharat Party against any changes to Constitution regarding the Monarchy

Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister, Prawit Wongsuwan, in his capacity as leader of the Palang Pracharat Party, today announced the party’s full support of and reverence for the Monarchy, in the…

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Protesters gathering at Victory Monument and Asoke intersection on Sunday

Protesters are streaming to Bangkok’s Victory Monument and the Asoke intersection, on Sukhumvit Road, which have been chosen as Sunday’s two main protest venues by the Free Youth Movement, as…

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Civic groups urge Thai PM to quit and Government to stop dispersing protesters

A network of civic groups has called on Thailand’s Government to stop dispersing anti-government protesters and on Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to step down, for the sake of peace and…

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Thai MPs to discuss how Parliament can help solve the current political conflict

Parliament President Chuan Leekpai has scheduled an informal cross-party meeting for consultation on how Thailand’s Parliament can contribute to ending the current political conflict, which is pitting student-led protesters, demanding…

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Doctors urge end to use of chemical-laced water against unarmed, peaceful protesters

A group of 386 doctors, from hospitals across Thailand, has issued a joint statement, urging the Government to stop using irritant-laced water or tear gas to disperse protesters, who are…

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New Zealand’s Ardern wins 2nd term in election landslide

AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern won a second term in office Saturday in an election landslide of historic proportions.   With most votes counted,…

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Thailand’s PM tells police to avoid violent means to deal with protesters

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has instructed police to avoid the use of violence, in any form, when dealingwith the anti-government protesters and has promised to restore peace and normality…

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Police, backed by high pressure water jet trucks, move against protesters at Pathumwan intersection.

Police forcibly break up rally at Pathumwan intersection

Anti-riot police, backed by high pressure water jet trucks, have dispersed a mass anti-government rally at Pathumwan intersection in the heart of Bangkok. At least four police personnel and a…

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Anti-government protesters gather at Rajprasong commercial area. Octber 15, 2020

Rajprasong intersection: Bangkok’s shopping heart and protest battleground

Rajprasong intersection, a Bangkok shopping hub usually buzzing with locals and foreigners, was instead overtaken by more than 10,000 anti-establishment protesters and their supporters on Thursday evening. They were rallying…

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Four protest leaders remanded in custody as courts refuse to grant bail

Four protest leaders were today held on remand in prisons in Chiang Mai and Pathum Thani provinces, after courts rejected their bail applications, at the request of the police, citing…

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Anti-government protesters gather at Rajprasong commercial area. Octber 15, 2020

Protesters occupy Rajprasong in defiance of state of emergency

A large number of protesters are occupying the Rajprasong intersection, the commercial centre of Bangkok, in defiance of the state of emergency which bans public gathering of five people or…

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Protesters to camp overnight outside Government House

After a stand-off with police lasting almost three hours, the anti-government protesters broke through police blockade and are now occupying areas around the Government House. Police apparently made no attempts…

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Anti-government protesters march from the Democracy Monument toward the Government House. October 14, 2020. Bangkok

Protesters begin march to Government House

Hundreds of protesters have begun a march from the Democracy Monument on Rajdamnoen Avenue toward the Government House. They were stopped briefly at Panfah Lilas intersection where police set up…

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Protesters start gathering at Democracy Monument

Protesters, mostly from upcountry, have been arriving at the Democracy Monument in Bangkok, since early this morning, to join the protest organized by the Khana Ratsadon demanding the resignation of…

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A scuffle broke out as police tried to disperse demonstrators at the Democracy Monument before 21 activists were arrested Tuesday afternoon.

Police arrest 21 activists ahead of Wednesday’s major rally

Just one day before a major anti-government rally, police on Tuesday afternoon arrested 21 political activists during a swoop on a small demonstration at the Democracy Monument. There was a…

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Anti-government protesters hold up three-finger salutes at a rally by the Democracy Monument in Bangkok on August 16, 2020.

Thai protesters rally for repeat of 1973 uprising

Exactly 47 years after the October 14, 1973 revolution that ousted a military-backed government, history is threatening to repeat itself at a mass student-led rally on Wednesday. However, while the…

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(FILES) In this file photo taken on August 10, 2020, protesters flash the “Hunger Games” salute during a pro-democracy rally at Thammasat University in Pathum Thani, north of Bangkok. – The kingdom has seen a decades-long spin-cycle of coups and violent street protests led by pro or anti-establishment veterans with well-funded backing.

Protesters arrested as police clear road for Wednesday’s Royal motorcade

Nine protesters, including a protest leader, were arrested by police this afternoon (Tuesday), following a minor clash when protesters refused to move from the road onto the pavement, as ordered…

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Opposing protesters mobilizing for possible showdown on Wednesday

The anti-establishment Khana Ratsadon group and royalists are mobilizing support for, what could be, a confrontation on Ratchadamnoen Avenue tomorrow, as police are being deployed to protect Government House. Khana…

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People bow as a motorcade transporting Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn and Queen Suthida arrives at the Grand Palace for his coronation in Bangkok on May 4, 2019. (Photo by Jewel SAMAD / AFP)

Royalists and government supporters will be on Ratchadamnoen Avenue on October 14th

As followers of Wednesday’s planned anti-government Khana Ratsadon rally, at the Democracy Monument on the Bangkok’s Ratchadamnoen Avenue, many Government supporters are expected to show up along the same avenue…

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Thammasat U asked to suspend classes to let students join the protest

The Student Organization of Thammasat University has called on the university’s administration to suspend classes, from October 14th to 16th, to allow students to join the protest at Bangkok’s Democracy…

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Khana Kao Na unveils candidates for PAO mayoral elections in 32 provinces

Thailand’s Khana Kao Na, or Progressive Movement, unveiled their list of candidates today (Friday) for Provincial Administration Organization (PAO) mayoral elections in 32 provinces, as it gears up for local…

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Red-shirts will not join October 14th protest – Vice Minister Suporn Atthawong

Most red-shirt followers are unlikely to join the October 14th protest, being organized by the so-called Khana Rasadorn at the Democracy Monument, according to Vice Minister Suporn Atthawong today. A…

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Reincarnated Khana Rasadorn to press three demands in October 14th protest

Thailand’s Free People and Free Youth movements have renamed themselves the “Khana Rasadorn”, as their leaders vowed today to stage their protest at the Democracy Monument on October 14th, to…

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Charter Court rules House or Senate committee cannot compel people to testify or submit documents

Thailand’s Constitutional Court has ruled unanimously that the law, which empowers House and Senate committees to summon individuals to testify, demand documents pertaining to their investigations and which makes violations…

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Ex-Deputy Minister Nipon found at fault by NACC for malfeasance in office

Thailand’s former Deputy Interior Minister Nipon Boonyamanee, of the Democrat Party, has been found to have committed malfeasance in office, by the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC), for his refusal to…

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Army chief rules out coup but advises protesters to reform before demanding reform of the Monarchy

Newly-appointed Army Commander-in-Chief General Narongphan Jitkaewtae announced today that he is dedicated to the protection of the three pillars of Thai society, comprising the Nation, the Religion and the Monarchy,…

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Thailand’s Finance Ministry to propose two economic stimulus packages

Tomorrow, Thailand’s Finance Ministry will propose, to the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), two stimulus packages aimed at reviving the declining economy during the last quarter of the year….

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FILE PHOTO: Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha reacts while taking questions from journalists after the group photo session with new government cabinet in Bangkok, Thailand July 16, 2019. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun/File Photo

Protesters to demand Thai PM’s resignation at planned October 14th protest

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s immediate resignation will be the main focus of the protest, scheduled to take place at the Democracy Monument on October 14th. One of the protest leaders,…

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Senate speaker believes senators will not reject all 6 proposed charter amendments

Senate Speaker Pornpetch Vichitcholachai is confident that senators will not vote against all six constitutional amendments proposed by Government and Opposition parties. He said today (Monday) that he believes all…

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HM the King endorses Arkhom Termpittayapaisith’s appointment as Finance Minister

Former Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith has been royally appointed Finance Minister, succeeding Mr. Pridi Daochai, who resigned last month after about 20 days in the office.   A Royal Command,…

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Rebranding may not bring Pheu Thai’s old days of glory

Supporters will be hoping the latest shake-up of Pheu Thai’s leadership will restore the party’s election-winning appeal, but critics say its real purpose is to end an internal power struggle….

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Aswin Kwanmuang, Bangkok Governor

Bangkok’s Governor slammed for indifference to Bangkok flood woes

Bangkok MP Sira Jenjakha has vented his frustration over what he alleges is Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang’s indifference to the suffering of the city’s residents due to flooding every time…

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Nataphol Teepsuwan, Education Minister, sits down in front of his ministry to meet students and listens to their demands.

Bad Student activists demand ouster of Thailand’s Education Minister

About 100 members of the Bad Student Movement rallied in front of Thailand’s Ministry of Education this afternoon (Friday) to demand the resignation of Education Minister Nataphol Teepsuwan, accusing him…

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Thailand’s NACC urged to probe 14 projects endorsed by former navy chief

Political activist Srisuwan Janya has demanded that Thailand’s National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) investigate suspected corruption in 14 projects, implemented during the tenure of the former Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Thai…

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Potjaman – iron lady of few words but strong actions

Behind every successful man there stands a strong woman, goes the old saying.   And no one illustrates this better than Khunying Potjaman Na Pombejra, who has taken much credit…

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Former Transport Minister Arkhom to be Thailand’s new Finance Minister

Former Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith has been named as Thailand’s new Finance Minister, succeeding Mr. Pridi Daochai, who resigned on September 1st after only 20 days in the office.  …

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A police officer displays a warning banner on China’s National Day in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020.

Hong Kong police arrest 86 for protesting on China holiday

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong police arrested at least 86 people on suspicion of unauthorized assembly on China’s National Day holiday after crowds gathered on the streets of a…

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Pheu Thai leader vows to work with all political groups to amend the charter

The opposition Pheu Thai Party’s first priority is to pursue the restoration of true democracy in Thailand and to join with all political groups to amend the Constitution, announced Mr….

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“Bad Student” movement to protest against Education Minister on Friday

Bangkok’s high-school student members of the so-called “Bad Student” movement will stage a rally in front of the Ministry of Education late tomorrow (Friday) afternoon, to protest against Education Minister…

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Bid to amend 2017 Constitution may just be a vicious cycle

The fate of Thailand’s Constitution is hanging in the balance after Parliament last week failed to vote on whether it should be amended. Instead, lawmakers, mainly government MPs and senators,…

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Former Pheu Thai candidate threatens to sue the Election Commission

A former election candidate, for the opposition Pheu Thai Party, has threatened to sue the Election Commission (EC) after the Supreme Court’s Division for Election Cases dismissed the EC’s petition…

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Thailand’s PM dismisses speculation over formation of a national government

Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha and Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan have dismissed speculation that governing coalition parties will join with the opposition Pheu Thai Party to form a national government….

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Welfare card holders to get 500 baht for three months for food and necessities

About 14 million state welfare card holders will be given a 500 baht monthly allowance for three months, beginning in October, to buy food and other necessities at Thong Fah…

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Former candidate for Seri Ruam Thai Party given 50 years for drug trafficking

A former candidate for Thailand’s Seri Ruam Thai political party, and a Chinese man, were today sentenced to 50 years in prison after they, along with two other Chinese nationals,…

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Pro-democracy students raise a three-fingers, symbol of resistance salute during a protest rally in front of Education Ministry in Bangkok, Thailand, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020. Student protesters have stepped up pressure on the government with three core demands: holding new elections, amending the constitution and ending the intimidation of critics of the government.

‘Our first dictatorship is school’: Thai kids revolt

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Wearing white ribbons, publicly hacking off their hair and making “Hunger Games” salutes – Thailand’s high school students are doing their best to shake up the country’s…

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The young lawmaker who shatters Thailand’s deepest taboo

In a move never before attempted by any Thai politician, opposition MP Rangsiman Rome has proposed a “new deal” between the people and the monarchy to ensure that Thailand becomes…

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Sompong quits as Pheu Thai Party leader ahead of shakeup of the executive

Mr. Sompong Amornvivat has quit as leader of the opposition Pheu Thai Party, effective today, to pave the way for a major shakeup of the party’s executive committee. On Friday,…

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Sudarat quits as Pheu Thai Party’s strategic chief

Khunying Sudarat Keyuraphan has resigned as the chief of strategy for Thailand’s opposition Pheu Thai Party, and Anudit Nakhontap, the party’s secretary-general, is expected to follow suit. In her Facebook…

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Mock installation of democracy plaque held at Chiang Mai’s Sam Kasat Monument

A group of people, including students, in Thailand’s northern province of Chiang Mai staged a protest against the Government and held a mock installation of the Khana Rasadorn’s democracy plaque…

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Panel tasked with studying charter amendments to meet next Wednesday

The bi-partisan parliamentary panel, tasked with studying the six motions proposing amendments to Thailand’s constitution, is scheduled to meet for the first time next Wednesday in Parliament. Government chief whip…

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Speaker says he was led to believe there would be a vote on constitutional amendments

Thailand’s Parliament President and House Speaker Chuan Leekpai said Thursday night that he was duped into believing that there would be a vote on each of the six motions proposing…

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“Instead of amending the constitution, we should change people’s behaviour” – Senator Thawil

Senator Thawil Pliensri has suggested that instead of amending the constitution, we should change people’s behavior.   During the debate in Parliament today, the former National Security Council chief said…

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Senators and MPs are set to vote on constitutional amendments this evening

Members of Thailand’s Parliament and senators are due to vote this evening on the six constitutional amendment motions, proposed by both the Government and Opposition, as protesters from the Free…

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Attempt in Parliament to stall the Opposition’s charter amendments aborted

Palang Pracharat party-list MP Paiboon Nititawan’s attempt to block the Opposition’s four constitutional amendment motions has been quashed by House Speaker Chuan Leekpai. During the debate on proposed amendments, submitted…

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Thai royalist group submits 130k signatures opposing charter amendments

The Thai Pakdee royalist group submitted a list of 130,000 signatures, from people who oppose any changes to the current Constitution, to the speakers of the House of Representatives and…

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AMLO is verifying reports of four Thai banks’ alleged role in suspicious transactions

Thailand’s Anti-Money Laundering Office (AMLO) is in the process of verifying a report, by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), that four Thai banks have been involved in suspicious…

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Prime Minister sued by former immigration chief over transfer to PM’s Office

Thailand’s Former Immigration Bureau Commissioner, Pol Lt-Gen Surachet Hakparn, lodged a complaint with the Central Administrative Court today, accusing Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha of abuse of power when ordering his…

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Little hope for reform of Thailand’s police – Senator Kamnoon

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has been blamed for a lack of progress in attempts to effect major reform of the Royal Thai Police. In his Facebook post today, Senator Kamnoon…

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Police say they removed protesters’ plaque as 16 protest leaders face charges

Police have removed the protesters’ democracy plaque from Sanam Luang, to be used as evidence against at least 16 protest leaders who are facing multiple charges, including lèse majesté, Royal…

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The late General Prem’s Ban Sisao Thewes residence being demolished

Ban Sisao Thewes, for more than four decades the official residence of the late Privy Council President Prem Tinsulanonda, since he served as the army Commander-in-Chief, is being demolished, after…

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Protesters plant “spirit of democracy” in royal field

The lost legacy of Khana Ratsadon was symbolically reborn when a new memorial plaque embodying the spirit of the 1932 Siamese Revolution was embedded by anti-government protesters at Sanam Luang…

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The spot where the symbolic democracy plaque was embedded is now covered with cement.

Symbolic democracy plaque at Sanam Luang removed

The brass plaque installed at Sanam Luang on Sunday as a sign of defiance by protesters demanding reforms of the monarchy has been removed. Thai PBS news team found the…

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Former Thai intelligence deputy chief says protest leaders will face legal action

Thailand’s Former National Intelligence Agency Deputy Director Nantiwat Samart said today (Sunday) that protest leaders are likely to face legal consequences arising from their roles during the rally at Sanam…

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Protest leader Panusaya Sithijirawattanakul negotiating with police near the office of the Privy Council.

Protesters end rally after submitting “10-point manifesto” to Privy Council

Anti-government protesters have ended their rally at Sanam Luang after submitting the so-called “10-point manifesto” aimed at reforming the monarchy to the Privy Council this morning. The demand was submitted…

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Signature collection campaign to support charter changes at protest site

Non-governmental organization iLaw is continuing its signature collection campaign for constitutional amendments by encouraging today’s protesters to sign up.   iLaw staff are manning a tent at Sanam Luang to…

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Ex-PM Thaksin asks Thai people if they are better off 14 years since the putsch

Exiled former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has asked the Thai people about their livelihoods today, 14 years since his government was overthrown in a coup d’état, staged by then Army…

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A potentially historic day to watch

All eyes are focused on Thailand’s student-led protest today, with a sense of anxiety over how it will develop. This morning (Saturday), Thammasat University’s Tha Prachan campus remains closed. after…

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The moment protesters force their way into Thammasat University.

Protesters force their way into Thammasat University

Hundreds of protesters are now occupying the campus of Thammasat University after forcing open its main gate to begin what they claim to be the biggest rally against the Prayut…

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Protesters prepare for communication hiccups

Ten of thousands people from across the country are expected to join the anti-government protest this weekend. To avoid communication hiccups during the demonstration in case the mobile signal network…

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U.S. Undersecretary for Economic Affairs Keith Krach arrives at an airport in Taipei, Taiwan September 17, 2020.

China begins military drills as senior U.S. official visits Taiwan

BEIJING/TAIPEI (Reuters) – China began combat drills near the Taiwan Strait on Friday, the same day a senior U.S. official began high-level meetings in Taipei, as Beijing denounced tightening ties…

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Protest leader insists on raising “sensitive issues” during this weekend’s rally

Reform of the Thai Monarchy, part of the ten-point manifesto, published for the first time at a rally on August 10th, will definitely be raised at this weekend’s rally at…

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Yoshihide Suga speaks during a news conference following his confirmation as Prime Minister of Japan in Tokyo, Japan September 16, 2020.

Japan’s ‘Suganomics’ will target quick wins, not grand visions

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s new prime minister will pursue economic structural reforms through a mixed bag of policies that target specific industries, rather than a grand strategy to reshape society…

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Motorists advised to avoid some roads and use alternative routes this weekend

The Metropolitan Police are advising motorists in Bangkok to avoid roads which are expected to be affected by the protest march from Thammasat University to Government House this weekend. The…

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Protest organizers asked to specify the destination of their march this Sunday

Red-shirt movement leader Jatuporn Promphan has urged the leaders of the September 19th protest to make clear to the public the actual destination of their planned march on Sunday, whether…

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