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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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Thai PM appeals to protesters to join the fight against COVID-19 first

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha made a last-minute appeal this evening to protest leaders to postpone their rally, planned for this weekend, until the threat from the COVID-19 pandemic passes….

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Thammasat U’s Tha Prachan campus to close this weekend for safety reasons

The Dean of the Faculty of Law at Thammasat University has announced the closure of the Tha Prachan campus and cancellation of classes on Saturday and Sunday for the safety…

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PM appeals to protesters to obey the law during their protest this Saturday

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has warned student activists not to break the law during their planned protest this Saturday, as he reassured that he has instructed the police to…

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View of the Parliament of Thailand. Image: Bherabhat Wimonrungkarattana /flickr.

Democrat party proposes meeting of all whips to settle charter changes differences

Thailand’s Democrat party has proposed that the Government, Opposition and Senate chief whips meet to discuss constitutional amendments, before the issue is debated in a joint session of Parliament.  …

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Thammasat University

Thammasat University back on frontline of Thailand’s political battle  

Thammasat University’s historical Tha Phrachan campus has once again been chosen as the venue for a large student-led protest, setting the stage for renewed political confrontation. The United Front of…

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Democrat MP Theptai Seanapong suspended from parliamentary duty

Thailand’s Constitutional Court has suspended Democrat MP Theptai Seanapong from performing his duty as an MP, pending its ruling on his parliamentary status. The Nakhon Si Thammarat MP, and his…

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Protesters warned not to get too close to Government House

As the planned September 19th mass protest draws near, Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngarm warned the anti-dictatorship protesters today (Wednesday) not to venture within 50-metres of Government House, or risk…

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inside the Parliament House of Thailand

Thailand’s MPs begin second and final readings of the budget bill

The House of Representatives today (Wednesday) began the second and final readings of the budget bill for the 2021 fiscal year. The debate is scheduled to end tomorrow, but could…

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View of the Parliament of Thailand. Image: Bherabhat Wimonrungkarattana /flickr.

Thailand ready for new Constitution, but who will write it?

Thai politics will reach another critical juncture next week when the junta-written Constitution is reviewed after months of pressure from young anti-establishment protesters seeking changes to the supreme law drafted…

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Thai coconut milk cannery denies involvement in illicit drugs seizure in Australia

A Thai coconut milk cannery has denied any involvement in the smuggling of liquid methamphetamine into Australia, contained in cans apparently bearing the company’s brand name. In August, Australian Border…

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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 warned not to trespass on Sanam Luang or government premises on Saturday

Bangkok police have warned this Saturday’s protesters not to trespass on Sanam Luang. Pol Maj-Gen Somprasong Yenthuam, Deputy Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, said today (Tuesday) that Sanam Luang, a…

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Long history of divisive Senate issue (2nd and final part)

For decades, every charter amendment showdown has had the Senate as the main plot. Details may have varied, but they have revolved around the same questions: Should senators be appointed…

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Ex-Deputy Commerce Minister Banyin pleads guilty to kidnap and murder

Thailand’s former Deputy Commerce Minister Banyin Tangpakorn has reversed his not guilty plea and confessed to the kidnapping and murder of the brother of a judge who presided over a…

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PM asked to temporarily remove police involved in helping Red Bull heir from active service

Thailand’s Institute for Judicial Reform has urged Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha temporarily to relieve from active service all police officers involved in helping Red Bull heir Vorayuth Yoovidhya escape prosecution…

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Thai PM vows not to stop protesters from marching to Government House

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said today (Monday) that he will not stop protesting students from marching to Government House on September 20th, as their leaders intend, but questioned the appropriateness…

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Workers are transported on a truck to a construction site in Bangkok on July 23, 2020. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)

Senate committee asked to rethink changing mandatory retirement age

A subcommittee, of Thailand’s Senate Committee on Social Development and Affairs of Children, Youth, Women, Elderly People and Under-privileged people, has proposed a rethink and delay of a plan to…

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Jurin Laksanawisit

Democrat party leader proposes all chief whips meet to discuss charter rewrite

Democrat party leader Jurin Laksanavisit has proposed that the chief whips of all parties and the Senate meet to discuss constitutional amendments, to prepare the way for a smoothrewrite of…

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FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump pumps his fist as he enters his first re-election campaign rally in several months in the midst of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S., June 20, 2020. REUTERS/Leah Millis

Collins won’t say in debate who she’ll vote for in November

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Democrat Sara Gideon sought to link Republican Sen. Susan Collins, of Maine, with President Donald Trump during their first debate Friday night, and she demanded several…

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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)

Royalist groups have yet to make their presence felt

As nationwide anti-establishment protests gather momentum, a counter movement launched by royalists is garnering far less attention and at times attracting more criticism than support.    Political pundits are divided over…

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Plodprasob and Yongyuth freed from jail, but wearing electronic tags

Thailand’s former Deputy Prime Minister Plodprasob Suraswadi and former Interior Minister Yongyuth Vichaidith have been released from the Corrections Department’s hospital after they met the conditions for the suspension of…

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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.

Thammasat U alumni group urges ban of September 19th rally on campus

A group of Thammasat University alumni, led by outspoken former lecturer Kaewsan Atipothi, has voiced strong objection to the use of the university’s Tha Prachan campus for the holding of…

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The politics of choosing the next finance minister 

Thailand has witnessed the departure of two finance ministers in just past two months, and a veteran politician who served as their deputy is now offering himself as a well-qualified…

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US Embassy denies funding or supporting protests in Thailand

The US Embassy in Thailand has denied allegations that it is funding or providing support to any of the protests in Thailand.   In a statement issued Thursday, the Embassy…

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Pompeo tells Southeast Asia to stand up to China, shun its firms

HANOI (Reuters) – The United States’ top diplomat on Thursday urged Southeast Asian countries to stand up to maritime bullying by China and to reassess business deals with its state…

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Thammasat U will ban Saturday’s protest on its campus if guidelines not followed

Thammasat University has forbidden the Thammasat Alliance Group to use the Tha Prachan campus to stage a protest rally on September 19th unless it formally agrees to comply with the…

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Protests 2020: From a political to a generational issue Kitipat Chuensukjit Thai PBS World Tonight 9th September 2020

Protests 2020: From a political to a generational issueKitipat ChuensukjitThai PBS World Tonight9th September 2020

Posted by Thai PBS World on Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Protests 2020: From a political to a generational issue

Reported by Kitipat Chuensukjit Thai PBS World Tonight September 9, 2020

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Thai PM brushes aside opposition calls to step down because he has a job to do

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has vowed to stay on, despite calls from opposition MPs for him to step down, as he thanked them for not suggesting he attempt to escape…

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PM Prayut vows no violence against protesters

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has given an assurance that the government will not use force against students who plan a major anti-government rally on September 19. Speaking during the House…

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Protesters will mention Monarchy during their protest on September 19th

Reform of the Thai Monarchy will be one of the issues raised at the protest, scheduled for September 19th at Thammasat University’s Tha Prachan campus, and the protest will continue…

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Kao Klai’s motion to amend Section 272 aborted as some MPs withdraw support

The opposition Kao Klai party’s motion to amend Section 272 of Thailand’s Constitution, to exclude senators from process of the election of the Prime Minister, has been aborted after several…

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Long history of divisive Senate issue (Part I)

It’s just over a decade to go, before Thailand’s awkward grappling with the questions about senators’ relevance, importance or lack thereof reaches the century mark. The struggles are related to…

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Pheu Thai Party to propose broader amendments to Thailand’s Constitution

The opposition Pheu Thai Party has decided to propose four motions, seeking broader amendments of the Constitution, including Section 272, to exclude senators from process of electing the Prime Minister,…

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Deputy Finance Minister Santi Prompat

Thailand’s Deputy Finance Minister’s educational credentials questioned

The educational credentials of Deputy Finance Minister Santi Prompat have re-emerged as an issue of public interest after he implied that he is qualified to become the new Finance Minister,…

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Pita Limjaroenrat, leader of the Kao Klai Party and Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand (FCCT) ©Future Forward Facebook

Sixteen Democrat MPs second opposition Kao Klai Party’s motion to trim power of Thailand’s senators

A motion, seconded by 99 opposition and government MPs, was today submitted to House Speaker Chuan Leekpai to seek amendment of Section 272 of Thailand’s Constitution, with the aim of…

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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.

Police have plan to contain September 19th student protest at TU

Bangkok police are making preparations to cope with a student-led protest, scheduled to take place at Thammasat University’s Tha Prachan campus on Saturday September 19th, to ensure peace and order….

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NACC to summon MP Pareena to acknowledge charges

Palang Pracharat MP Pareena Kraikupt is to be summoned to report to the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) to acknowledge charges of submitting a false statement of her assets and liabilities…

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Thailand’s royalist old guard have yet to gain momentum

As nationwide anti-establishment protests gather momentum, a counter movement launched by royalists is garnering far less attention and seems to be attracting criticism as much as support.    Political pundits are…

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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

Thailand hunts for new finance minister to tackle economy in crisis

BANGKOK (Reuters) – After its finance minister’s surprise exit, Thailand is looking for a new chief to steer its economy through the coronavirus crisis, with the outgoing central bank boss…

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Thanya and Nittha Chan-o-cha during their younger days.

Life for children of leaders in trouble could be a challenge

Being children of a country’s leader is certainly not easy. Life for them at times can be tough with unwanted attention. And particularly in this online world, the challenges they…

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Former PCD chief and two officials to pay 10.5 billion baht in infamous Klong Dan case

Thailand’s Central Administrative Court has ordered former Director-General of the Pollution Control Department, Pakit Kiravanich, and two former senior officials of the same department, to pay the department about 10.5…

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Pheu Thai party’s U-turns to support reducing powers of senators

Thailand’s opposition Pheu Thai party now supports the proposal of the Kao Klai party to amend Section 272 of the Constitution, to strip the Senate of powers to elect the…

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

Demanding resignation of Education Minister if he doesn’t meet student demands is harassment – Nataphol

Education Minister Nataphol Teepsuwan said Saturday that the call, by the so-called “bad students”, that he should resign if he fails to meet all their demands, amounts to harassment. A…

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ADDS THE SHOOTING WAS FATAL – A man is treated after being shot Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020, in Portland, Ore. It wasn’t clear if the fatal shooting late Saturday was linked to fights that broke out as a caravan of about 600 vehicles was confronted by counterdemonstrators in the city’s downtown. (AP Photo/Paula Bronstein)

Portland killing suspect and victim had guns, documents say

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — ‎Both the suspect in the slaying of the right-wing protester in Portland, Oregon last weekend and the victim had handguns when their confrontation started after dueling…

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Kanye West files to run for president on Kentucky ballot

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Rapper and music producer Kanye West has filed to run for U.S. president on Kentucky’s ballot this fall. A tweet from Kentucky Secretary of State Michael…

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President Donald Trump waves as he boards Air Force One, Friday, July 3, 2020, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. Trump is en route to Mount Rushmore National Memorial. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump targets ‘white privilege’ training as ‘anti-American’

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has directed the Office of Management and Budget to crack down on federal agencies’ anti-racism training sessions, calling them “divisive, anti-American propaganda.” OMB director…

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Amnesty International urges Thai government to drop charges against 31 protest leaders

Amnesty International has launched a campaign to pressure the Thai government into droping all charges against 31 anti-establishment activists. The London-based rights organization is urging its 8 million members, supporters…

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Gen Apirat: Army chief with strong political views

Army chief General Apirat Kongsompong has stirred up politics and ruffled more than a few feathers during his two years as Thailand’s most powerful military figure. He has launched repeated…

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Two of Thailand’s protest leaders remanded in custody

The Criminal Court withdrew the bail granted to human rights lawyer Anon Nampa today (Thursday), for violating bail conditions by addressing protest rallies in a manner which may cause public…

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Thai PM’s twin daughters defend themselves against online accusations

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s twin daughters, Tunya and Nittha, have defended themselves against accusations currently being discussed on social media. ➢ Claim 1 – That they have adopted their mother’s…

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File photo – Jatuporn Prompan

The three-finger salute and what Jatuporn said

The key gesture of anti-government protesters apparently came from a Hollywood hit, the Hunger Games trilogy. However, the fictional ending and what red-shirted leader Jatuporn Prompan bemoaned last week carry…

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Thai PM’s twin daughters file harassment and defamation complaint

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s twin daughters assigned a lawyer to file a complaint with Nang Loeng police today (Wednesday), claiming harassment and defamation on social media. The lawyer, Mr. Apiwat…

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Deputy Finance Minister Santi Prompat

Santi Prompat ready to be Thailand’s new Finance Minister

Thailand’s Deputy Finance Minister, Santi Prompat, is confident that he has the expertise and experience to be the next Minister of Finance, if Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha wants him to…

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PM seeks to quell criticism over Finance Minister’s resignation

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha claimed today that former Finance Minister Pridi Daochai’s resignation stems from health problems and appealed to critics not to use his departure to attack the…

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Conflict over new chief of Excise Department prompts Finance Minister’s resignation

Thailand’s Finance Minister Pridi Daochai did not resign because of health problems, as he claimed in his letter of resignation, but because of a conflict with his deputy, Santi Prompat,…

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Taiwan to change passport, fed up with confusion with China

TAIPEI (Reuters) – Fed up with being confused for China amid the coronavirus pandemic and Beijing’s stepped-up efforts to assert sovereignty, Taiwan said on Wednesday it would redesign its passport…

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Thailand’s Finance Minister resigns

Thailand’s Finance Minister, Pridi Daochai, has quit his post, effective Wednesday, after only 25 days in the office. His resignation was approved by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and published in…

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Official probe reveals conspiracy to help Red Bull heir evade justice

There was a conspiracy, involving police officers, prosecutors, lawyers, politicians and private individuals, to distort the course of Red Bull heir’s fatal hit and run case. They used legal loopholes,…

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Thais gather in Bangkok stadium to defend monarchy Thai PBS World Tonight 31st August 2020

Thais gather in Bangkok stadium to defend monarchyThai PBS World Tonight31st August 2020

Posted by Thai PBS World on Monday, August 31, 2020

Thais gather in Bangkok stadium to defend monarchy

Reported by Kitipat Chuensukjit

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Opposition rift threatens to hamper charter change moves

Thailand’s so-called pro-democracy bloc is still far from breaking down, but the rift between opposition allies Pheu Thai and Kao Klai could very well undermine their common goal of changing…

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The Royal Thai Navy held a press conference on Monday to defend the submarine deal. (Photo from Thai Royal Navy)

The Royal Thai Navy agrees to submarine budget reduction

The Royal Thai Navy (RTN) has agreed to cut the 3.925 billion baht budget, allocated for the 2021 fiscal year’s instalment for its purchase of submarines, so that the money…

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Thai royalist group demands action by Japanese govt against exiled critic of the Monarchy

Members of the Thai Pakdee royalist group went to the Japanese embassy on Monday morning to demand that the Japanese government take action against exiled anti-Monarchy lecturer, Pavin Chachavalpongpun. The…

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PM asks Navy to postpone submarine procurement for one year

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has asked the Royal Thai Navy (RTN) to postpone the procurement of two Chinese-made submarines, worth about 22.5 billion baht, for about one year, Government…

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Thai Health Ministry to oppose resumption of the use of toxic farm chemicals

Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) is up in arms against the possible resumption of the use of two hazardous substances, paraquat and chlorpyrifos, the use of which, in the…

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Thai Pakdee royalist group vows to oppose constitutional amendments

The royalist Thai Pakdee group has announced manifesto. Its policies include protection of the Thai Monarchy, no constitutional changes and strict enforcement of the law, with action to be taken…

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Pheu Thai party to seek cut in legal expenses for Chatree gold mine case 

The opposition Pheu Thai party will seek a reduction of 389 million baht, allocated by the Department of Primary Industries and Mines to legal expenses to defend the suspension of…

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Students across the country have joined in the anti-government protests.

Youth forums that ignore real demands a ‘waste of time’ 

Activists and academics have criticized the Prayut government’s new youth forums as a propaganda exercise aimed at retaining power while excluding student protesters’ calls for change in the country.  …

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Mixed reactions to paint-throwing incident at Samranrat police station on Friday

The throwing of paint over a police officer by a singer, during a protest in front of Samranrat police station in Bangkok on Friday, has drawn mixed reactions from all…

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UDD leader hits back at critics, branding them a new breed of dictators

Thailand’s “red-shirt” movement leader, Jatuporn Promphan, has hit back at the Kao Klai party and its supporters, branding them “a new breed of dictators” who claim to champion democracy, but…

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Democrat MP Thepthai sentenced to two years for election fraud

Democrat MP Thepthai Senpong, and his sibling Manote, were both sentenced this morning (Friday) to two-years in prison, without suspension, after being found guilty of election fraud.   The Senpong…

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Brief commotion at Samranrat police station as a protest leader arrives

A brief commotion occurred in front of the Samranrat police station in Bangkok on Friday morning when a leader of the anti-establishment protesters marched from the October 14th Memorial to…

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A protester points at pictures of the allegedly kidnapped Thai activist Wanchalearm Satsaksit hanged outside the Embassy of Cambodia in Bangkok on Monday.

Protest rallies pose challenge for Thai mainstream media

Whatever the truth, the impression among anti-government protesters is that mainstream media are not doing the job they are supposed to.   The protesters believe that the role of keeping the…

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Japanese PM Abe resigns over worsening health

TOKYO (Reuters) – Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Japan’s longest-serving premier, announced his resignation because of poor health on Friday, ending a stint at the helm of the world’s third-biggest economy…

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Supreme Court judges uphold sentence for Bhumjaithai MP Mrs. Nathee

The general assembly of Supreme Court judges today (Thursday) upheld the one-month suspended jail term, imposed on Bhumjaithai party-list MP, Mrs. Nathee Ratchakitprakarn, for making a false declaration of her…

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Pheu Thai reaffirms it will not touch Thai Monarchy in any new Constitution

The opposition Pheu Thai party today (Thursday) issued a statement reconfirming its call for the creation of a Constitution Drafting Assembly (CDA) and amendment of Section 256 of the Charter,…

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Opposition Kao Klai MP raises three-finger salute in Thai Parliament

An MP, from the opposition Kao Klai party, raised a three-finger salute in Thailand’s Parliament on Wednesday morning, as she sought permission from House Speaker, Chuan Leekpai, for a discussion…

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The Royal Thai Navy held a press conference on Monday to defend the submarine deal. (Photo from Thai Royal Navy)

Submarine row threatens to become political time bomb  

Debate on whether Thailand needs submarines is raging again after a House subcommittee on budget scrutiny last Friday voted 5-4 along party lines to back the Navy’s Bt22.5-billion plan to…

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Thai Pakdee royalist group to rally this Sunday

The royalist Thai Pakdee group has urged its supporters and the public to join a rally this Sunday, at a venue yet to be decided, to protest against alleged intimidation…

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(FILES) In this file photo taken on October 16, 2019, pro-democracy lawmaker Lam Cheuk-ting (C) stands up and protests shortly before Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam (not pictured) leaves the chamber for the second time while trying to present her annual policy address at the Legislative Council (Legco) in Hong Kong. – Two prominent Hong Kong opposition lawmakers were arrested early on August 26, 2020 in a police operation focused on last year’s huge anti-government protests, the latest move in a widening crackdown against the city’s democracy camp. (Photo by ANTHONY WALLACE / AFP)

Two Hong Kong opposition lawmakers arrested over protests

Two prominent Hong Kong opposition lawmakers were arrested on Wednesday in a police operation focused on last year’s huge anti-government protests, the latest move in a widening crackdown against the city’s democracy camp….

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Thailand’s ‘cancel culture’ is deepening the political divide

As Thailand’s deep political divide cracks even wider, celebrities, businesses and media outlets are learning the hard way that harsh consequences lie in wait for those who take sides. The…

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Pheu Thai rebuffs Kao Klai’s bid to clip the wings of Thailand’s Senate

The opposition Pheu Thai party has rejected the Kao Klai party’s proposal to amend Section 272 of the Constitution, on the grounds that it is not the right time for…

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PM vows Thai Government will fight Facebook’s lawsuit

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said today that the Government is ready to fight Facebook in the courts, as he dismissed the social media giant’s accusation that he used dictatorial…

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Facebook to challenge Thai government’s demand to block group critical of monarchy

Facebook said on Tuesday it was planning to legally challenge the Thai government after being “compelled” to block access within Thailand to a group with 1 million members that discusses…

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Watana defends Pheu Thai not amending Thai Monarchy section of Constitution

A core member of Thailand’s main opposition Pheu Thai party has defended their stand of not touching chapters 1 and 2 of the existing Constitution, regarding Thai sovereignty and the…

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Student protesters flash the three-fingered Hunger Games salute during an anti-government rally at Mahidol University in Nakhon Pathom on August 18, 2020.

Student representatives to be included in panel to draft a new charter

Thailand’s students will be represented, for the first time, in the Constitution Drafting Assembly (CDA), under a proposal by government whips, chief whip Wirat Rattanaseth said Monday, after a meeting…

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Thai protest leader nabbed in Rayong province

Protest leader Panupong Jaadnok, alias Mike Rayong, was taken into police custody when he was holding a poster questioning the benefits of land reclamation in Rayong province, as Prime Minister…

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Thai navy’s top brass accuse Pheu Thai of politicizing submarine procurement

The Royal Thai Navy’s top brass lined up on Monday to defend the 22.5 billion baht procurement of two Chinese-made submarines and accused the opposition Pheu Thai party of politicizing…

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Rajini School alumni urge management to rethink ban on political expression

A group of 999 alumni of the all-girl Rajini School (Queen’s School) have submitted an open letter to the school’s administrators, voicing their disagreement with a recent order banning political…

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‘Loyal Thai’ Warong ready to fight ‘nation-haters’

Warong Dechgitvigrom is best remembered for his crucial role in exposing corruption in the rice-pledging scheme of the Yingluck government. And now the veteran politician is carving a niche for…

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