Politics

Prayut’s moment of truth arrives

The prime minister can be forgiven if he assumes that his previous problems were “political”, albeit ones that had more to do with ideology and power play than genuine well-being…

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Dr. Warong Dechgitvigrom, Thai Pakdee’s founder

Thai Pakdee group to become a political party – Dr. Warong

The pro-Monarchy Thai Pakdee group has decided to transform itself into a fully-fledged political party, to oppose the Kao Klai party and two anti-establishment groups, the Progressive Movement and the…

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Thanathorn blasted for politicizing government’s AstraZeneca vaccine deal

Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul has criticized Progressive Movement leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, accusing him of not being grateful to the “Mother Land” for his alleged attempt to politicize the government’s…

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Ratsadon group demand apology for alleged attack by Icon Siam mall guard

Anti-establishment protesters demonstrated in front of Icon Siam shopping mall on Tuesday, to demand an apology from its management after a security guard allegedly assaulted one of the protesters. Three…

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A protester gives the three-finger salute at a demonstration against section 112, Thailand’s royal defamation lese majeste law, at Victory Monument in Bangkok on January 16, 2021. (Photo by Jack TAYLOR / AFP)

Fresh push to abolish lese majeste law triggers fierce pushback from Thai establishment

Thailand’s heated debate over the lèse-majesté law has been revived, with supporters and detractors clashing on social media following the arrest of dozens of alleged violators in recent weeks. Some…

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Reconciliation panel takes shape with 11 initial members

Eleven members have been appointed to the newly-formed reconciliation committee tasked with finding a solution to the ongoing political conflict. However, representatives from the opposition and anti-government protesters are so…

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Thai author imprisoned for four years and 11 months on lèse majesté charge

An anti-Monarchy author was sentenced to four years and six months in prison this morning (Monday), by the Criminal Court, after he was found guilty of violating the country’s lèse…

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Arrest warrants to be issued after Saturday’s Chamchuri mall explosion

Police are to issue warrants for the arrest of at least two people suspected of throwing a “ping pong bomb” onto a group of police officers in front of the…

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Four injured by explosion in confrontation between police and protesters in Sam Yan area

Three anti-riot police officers and a reporter were slightly injured this afternoon (Saturday) when a missile, thought to be some type of explosive device, was thrown at a group of…

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Reconciliation committee ‘doomed to fail’ without participation from protesters

Though a reconciliation committee has now been established, critics say it has little chance of resolving Thailand’s ongoing political conflict when one side is absent from the panel.  Proposed by…

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Law and the virus fail to halt Thailand’s ‘guerrilla’ protest movement

The new wave of COVID-19 has forced leaders of the anti-establishment movement to break from street rallies and focus instead on legal cases stemming from their campaign. As a result,…

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FILE PHOTO: A mob of supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump storm the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, U.S., January 6, 2021. REUTERS/Leah Millis

Democratic drive to impeach Trump after Capitol siege speeds ahead

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democrats will give President Donald Trump one last chance on Tuesday to leave office days before his term expires or face an unprecedented second impeachment over his…

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Red ‘general’ Jatuporn no longer marching to Thaksin’s tune

The old saying “there are no permanent friends or foes in politics” has been proven true once again. Jatuporn Prompan, an activist/politician and a long-time loyal ally of the Shinawatra…

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Officials told to prepare for parliament to reconvene on January 20th

Thailand’s parliament is due to reconvene on January 20th, after about a two-week break over concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Sukit Atthopakorn, an advisor to House Speaker Chuan Leekpai,…

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Thaksin’s top cop has a new mission – a corruption-free, developed Pathum Thani  

With fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra as his role model, Pol Lt-General Camronwit Toopkrajank is on a mission to turn his hometown of Pathum Thani into a highly developed…

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Court grants bail to 14 “WeVo” guards

The Dusit District Court in Bangkok ordered the release of 14 We Volunteer (WeVo) guards today (Saturday), including their leader Piyarath “Toto” Chongthep, on 20,000 baht bail each. The 14…

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The movers and shakers behind Thailand’s 2020 protests

After 12 months of tumult and tragedy, 2020 will go down as the “worst year ever” for millions in Thailand. Along with a global contagion that almost shut down the…

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US President-elect Joe Biden speaks during a cabinet announcement event in Wilmington, Delaware, on November 24, 2020 / AFP

With Biden, Britain’s Brexiteers lose cheerleader

Promoters of Britain’s divorce from the European Union had said they would revitalize bonds with the United States, where President Donald Trump, with his shared disdain for multinational bodies, seemed…

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Prayut cements power in 2020 after fending off eviction effort

The anti-establishment movement’s dream of seeing Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha ousted from office was shattered at the Constitutional Court in December. The premier was at the centre of a…

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2020 sees one small step towards a new, democratic charter

The pro-democracy movement’s push for charter amendment inched forward in 2020, but at the expense of injuries and violent clashes. At least 55 protesters were injured by tear gas, chemical-laced…

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Siam Paragon asks activist groups not to use its grounds for political activities

Siam Paragon, one of Bangkok’s largest shopping malls, has asked all political activist groups to refrain from using the mall’s property for political activities, adding that the buildings and the…

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Criminal Court acquits 9 leaders of Pro-Election Group over Pathumwan rally in 2018

Nine core members of the Pro-Election Group were acquitted by the Bangkok South Criminal Court today on charges related to their in staging of a rally at the Pathumwan skywalk…

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Why year of the ‘Bad Student’ could be tipping point for Thai education

School students were both busy and brave this year, mustering unprecedented courage to challenge authority figures much older and more powerful than themselves over decades-long rules on hairstyles and uniforms….

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Progressive Movement handed hard lesson as old patronage politics dominates local elections

The outcome of Sunday’s local elections was little different from previous polls, despite being the first to be held in Thailand since 2012. As expected, “Baan Yai” or “big house”…

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Rubber ducks to hammer and sickle – how the Thai protest movement evolved in 2020

2020 brought a completely new kind of protest to Thailand – anti-establishment rallies that truly belong to the digital age. Tech-savvy young protesters relied on social media to spread their…

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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. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)

Can Thailand’s protest movement heal its ideological split?

The anti-establishment movement appears to have reached a crossroads after a clash over “democracy” versus “communism” erupted between its core groups. While the ideological clash may weaken their battle against…

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Another land scandal yet rocks Thai politics

Some major political changes in Thailand followed high-profile troubles with the land. A Democrat-led government crumbled in the 1980s after some politicians of the ruling party were accused of grabbing…

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Party politics rocked by year of splits and a dissolution

The year 2020 saw many changes in Thailand’s political landscape, highlighted by shake-ups in major parties. Though only months had passed since the 2019 election, parties and politicians were unable…

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Thailand’s opposition alliance confirms its boycott of Reconciliation Committee

The coalition of six opposition parties have again confirmed their decision not to join the parliament-initiated Reconciliation Committee, established to resolve the current political conflict. Speaking on behalf of the…

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Thanathorn concedes defeat in local elections

Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, leader of the Progressive Movement, on Monday conceded defeat in the just-concluded nation-wide elections of provincial administration organizations (PAO) which dealt a crushing blow to the group’s ambition…

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(FILES) In this file photo taken on October 14, 2020, Chonticha “Lookkate” Jangrew (C) talks to fellow pro-democracy protesters during an anti-government rally in Bangkok. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Women on the frontlines of Thailand’s democracy movement

Denouncing sexual violence, demanding abortion reform and destigmatising sex work –- once-taboo issues are finding public expression in Thailand as women take up leadership roles in a youth-led pro-democracy movement….

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Thai government defends lèse majesté law against criticism from the UNHCR

The Thai government has hit back at the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCR), claiming that the country’s lèse majesté law (Section 112 of the Criminal Code) does not…

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Sunday’s local elections a ‘proxy war’ between national parties

Voters around Thailand go to the polls this coming Sunday (December 20) to elect chiefs and other members of provincial administrative organisations (PAOs). The first local elections since 2012 come after political…

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Parit “Penguin” Chirawak

“Penguin” disavows Thai Free Youth group’s advocacy of communism

Protest leader Parit “Penguin” Chiwarak has distanced himself from the Free Youth group, insisting that their recent advocacy of republicanism and communism does not reflect the Ratsadon group’s political ideology….

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The long and controversial history of Thailand’s law against royal insults

The draconian lèse majesté law is back in the spotlight after at least 41 people were slapped with royal defamation charges in relation to anti-establishment protests over the past few…

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Seripisut proposes separating defaming or insulting the Thai Monarchy from lèse majesté law

The Seri Ruam Thai party leader says he is supportive of the lèse majesté law, or Section 112 of the Criminal Code, for its role in protecting the Monarchy, but…

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Protesters close Ratchadamnoen Klang Avenue for demonstration

Protesters have closed Bangkok’s Ratchadamnoen Klang Avenue outbound and erected several small stages for speakers. The protest site covers the area around the Democracy monument and all the way to…

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Royal intervention again floated as a way out of political crisis

Royalist politician Warong Dechgitvigrom has called for the “temporary return” of absolute power to His Majesty the King in order to “design a new system of politics”.  This renewed call…

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Ratsadon group to discuss on lèse majesté law tomorrow at October 14 Memorial

The Ratsadon group will hold an exhibition and public discussions on the lèse majesté law, or Section 112 of Thailand’s Criminal Code, at the October 14 Memorial at Kok Wua…

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Thai political fight: It’s matter of who’s “less sick”

The apparent showdown between Jatuporn Prompan and his Pheu Thai bosses is just the tip of the chaotic parliamentary iceberg. While the ultimate political landscape, divided into two clashing camps,…

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In this picture, from left to right, Bannawit Jedsawang, Anuwat Lawkham and Juthamas Napanung

Being young and royalist in the midst of political conflicts

In recent weeks, the public appearances of Their Majesties King Maha Vajiralongkorn and Queen Suthida have been more than just a part of the royal functions.  They have become a…

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File photo / Pheu Thai party leaders Phumtham Wechayachai (L) and Sudarat Keyuraphan

Sudarat’s exit may be long-term tactical move to strengthen Pheu Thai

On the surface, the sudden exit of Pheu Thai’s once-powerful chief strategist Khunying Sudarat Keyuraphan was due to party infighting. However, political analysts say her departure is part of a…

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Coalition parties field three candidates for seats on Reconciliation Committee

Thailand’s governing parties are fielding three candidates for seats on the 21-member Reconciliation Committee, initiated by parliament to resolve the current political conflict. According to the Office of the Secretary-General…

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Prayut acquittal may be all his opponents need

If it was a football game, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s rivals were taking a slim lead going into half time, at a big price in the form of severalkey players…

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Stories behind Thailand’s very own White House – Ban Phitsanulok

The United States has the White House and the UK has 10 Downing Street, but in Thailand it is Ban Phitsanulok that serves as the national leader’s official residence. However, over the…

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Tammy Duckworth (Photo by Greg Nash / POOL / AFP)

US senators propose resolution to support Thai pro-democracy protests

A group of US senators, including Thai-born Tammy Duckworth, have introduced a resolution to show solidarity and support for freedom of speech and freedom of assembly in Thailand in the…

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A pro-democracy protester gives the three-finger salute during a march to Bang Na intersection in an anti-government rally in Bangkok on November 28, 2020. (Photo by Jack TAYLOR / AFP)

Court ruling in favour of Prayut adds fuel to protesters’ fire

Wednesday’s court verdict in favour of Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha increases the likelihood of him staying in power at least until his term ends. The Constitutional Court unanimously ruled…

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A closer look at the King’s 2 Regiments now in protesters’ sights

Anti-establishment protesters have raised the ante in their ongoing protests for reform of the monarchy, by targeting HM the King’s finances and links with the Army. On November 25, they…

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Thai Charter Court files police complaint against protest leaders for allegedly insulting the court

A complaint was lodged with the Technology Crime Suppression Division (TCSD) by Thailand’s Constitutional Court today against protest leader Parit Chiwarak, aka “Penguin”, and other core members of the Ratsadon…

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(Photo by CHALINEE THIRASUPA / POOL / AFP)

Prayut acquittal may be all his opponents need

If it was a football game, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s rivals were taking a slim lead going into half time, at a big price in the form of several key…

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Thailand’s strict school dress code tested as students ditch uniforms on first day of semester

Students have been grumbling about school uniforms for ages in Thailand. But few people imagined they would be brave enough to challenge strict dress-code rules by wearing casual clothes to…

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Thailand’s opposition parties and anti-establishment protest leaders denounce charter court’s ruling

The Ratsadon group (formerly Khana Ratsadon) built a mock-up of the Constitutional Court at Lat Phrao intersection, to ridicule the court’s acquittal of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha today. The court…

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Charter Court finds Prayut not guilty of ethics breaches

The Constitutional Court has dismissed charges of ethics breaches and conflict of interests against Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha in connection with his continued stay at a property owned by the…

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Constitutional Court judges begin deliberation of PM’s case

A panel Constitutional Court judges convened at about 10am this morning, to deliberate over the case in which Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is accused, by the opposition Pheu Thai Party,…

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FILE / Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha

Maximum security for PM’s judgement day at Thailand’s Constitutional Court

Maximum security will be in place at Thailand’s Constitutional Court tomorrow (Wednesday) as the court is due to deliver its ruling on the fate of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, who…

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Four prominent Thai protest leaders face lèse majesté charges

Four prominent protest leaders of the Ratsadon group reported to Chanasongkhram police station in Bangkok today (Monday), to acknowledge lèse majesté charges related to protests at Sanam Luang on September…

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Progressive Movement to be investigated for actions related to local elections

Thailand’s Election Commission has set up a committee to investigate the conduct of the Progressive Movement, which is accused by political activist Srisuwan Janya of functioning like a political party….

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FILE / Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha

Thai PM says he will respect ruling of Constitutional Court, whatever the outcome

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said today that he will accept and respect the verdict of the Constitutional Court, expected this Wednesday, whatever the outcome and he has not thought…

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Protesters claim symbolic win for “taking back” the 11th Infantry Regiment from the Monarchy

Anti-establishment protest leader Parit “Penguin” Chiwarak claimed a symbolic victory for the people, saying they had taken back the 11th Infantry Regiment of the Royal Guards from the Monarchy and…

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Protesters march to the 11th Infantry Regiment’s barracks to rally until 10pm

Police warned protesters not to breach the barrier or break the law, as Parit “Penguin” Chiwarak led a large group of protesters on a march from the Wat Phra Sri…

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Protesters move protest venue to army barracks in Bangkhen district

Anti-establishment protesters have decided to relocate this afternoon’s rally, from the First Infantry Battalion of the Royal Guards, on Vibhavadi Rangsit highway, to the 11th Infantry Regiment of the Royal…

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No end in sight as both sides refuse to shift their stance

Thai politics has arrived at a dead end as neither side shows any sign of stepping away from the tug-of-war they have been playing for nearly five months. Analysts say…

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Social media attacks fail to bring down protest movement’s ‘fairy godparents’

Donations are flooding into the bank accounts of the two main providers of protest supplies ranging from food to inflatable rubber ducks, in a sign of ongoing public support for…

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Thai government chief whip faces indictment over futsal courts graft

A joint working group, of the Office of the Attorney-General (OAG) and the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC), has agreed to indict government chief whip Wirat Rattanaseth on corruption charges, related…

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Protesters hold “anti-coup rehearsal” rally at Lat Phrao intersection

Thousands of anti-government protesters this evening occupied the busy Lat Phrao intersection for what they described as an “anti-coup rehearsal” to highlight their opposition to possible military intervention. The protest…

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Verdict on Prayut’s Army residence may be a ‘fire exit’ for govt to escape ongoing conflict

The country is counting down to December 2, when the Constitutional Court is scheduled to rule if Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha should lose his post for violating the charter….

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Education Ministry’s ‘haircut enforcer’ becomes unwitting target of students’ anger

Born into a poor farming family, Education Ministry’s deputy permanent secretary Dr Veera Khaengkasikarn may have spoken from experience when he said “your parents pay when you wear long hair”,…

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Army officials join volunteers to remove graffiti from walls and road surfaces

Volunteer will join officials from the Army Science Department to remove graffiti, daubed on walls of public and private property, by anti-establishment protesters. Army deputy spokesperson, Colonel Sirichan Ngathong, said…

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Police to issue arrest warrant for former vocational student over protest shooting

Police are set to issue an arrest warrant for a security guard of the Ratsadon group, who is suspected of shooting another guard after the end of the protest, in…

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The rocks and roadblocks on Thailand’s path to a new Constitution

The road to democracy is never easy, but the path is particularly steep for Thailand in its journey to amend the Constitution and eradicate the legacy of the junta. Analysts…

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Yellow ducks steal the show at Khana Ratsadon’s protest at SCB head office

Inflatable yellow ducks, and a variety of yellow duck souvenirs, appear to have stolen the show at the Khana Ratsadon group’s protest venue, outside the Siam Commercial Bank’s head office,…

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Protesters end rally at SCB after fierce assault on monarchy

Anti-government protesters have ended their rally in front of the headquarters of the Siam Commercial Bank (SCB) on Ratchayothin Road after an outpouring of vitriol against the monarchy that centred…

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FILE / Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha

Thai PM says no martial law will be imposed despite ongoing protests

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha made clear today that he will not impose martial law in Bangkok, in the wake of the frequent mass protests and the threat, by the Khana…

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Bangkok protest location changed from Crown Property Bureau to SCB HQ

Last evening, the leaders of protest groups United Front for Thammasat and Demonstration and Free Youth Movement announced a location change for today’s 3pm protest, from the Crown Property Bureau…

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Monday’s helicopter activity related to Royal motorcade security – Army Chief

The increased helicopter activity, heard over several areas of Bangkok on Monday night, was part of security arrangements for the motorcade of Their Majesties the King and Queen, said Army…

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Minister Thavorn urges Thai police to get tough with Progressive Movement leaders

Deputy Transport Minister Thavorn Senneam is urging the police and security officials to take legal action against Progressive Movement leaders Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit and Dr. Piyabutr Saengkanokkul, accusing both of them…

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If future generations feel no obligation to respect, “it’s just a question of when”

The American online magazine “The Diplomat” said the most striking thing about the current anti-government movement has been its willingness to identify the monarchy as the central question in Thai…

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Why Crown Property Bureau in protesters’ crosshairs?

Though anti-government protesters have shifted their rally site to the headquarters of the Siam Commercial Bank (SCB)  today, their real target is still the Crown Property Bureau. The bureau is…

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Injured protesters lodge complaints over police use of chemical-laced water

Four injured protesters lodged a complaint at Bang Po police station today, accusing the authorities of using harmful chemicals, mixed into the water sprayed at them from water cannons, during…

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Thai PM dismisses coup rumour as a ploy by protesters to mobilize support

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has dismissed rumours of a coup as a ploy, allegedly being spread by core members of the anti-establishment protesters, to mobilize support for their planned rally…

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Anti-establishment protesters rally on Aksa Road in Thon Buri

Anti-establishment protesters, led by the Ratsadon group and Salaya Student groups, are gathering this evening on Aksa Road in Bangkok. Pol Maj-Gen Piya Tavichai, deputy commissioner of the Metropolitan Police…

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Humble rubber duckie stands tall as protector of Thai demonstrators

Giant rubber ducks are generally cute and harmless, good for a few laughs in the pool with friends. But in certain circumstances, they have the power to shake governments and…

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Prayut’s ‘lawfare’ risks blowing Thailand’s political divide wide open

Fear is growing that Thailand’s ongoing political conflict will intensify, with no visible way out, after Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha declared that “all existing laws” would be wielded against anti-establishment…

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Protesting the Thai way: with pork barbecue

BANGKOK (Reuters) – In the midst of thousands of Thai anti-government protesters, one man made his own statement – with barbecued pork. Joined by onlookers, he made an impromptu picnic…

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Thai police ready to use lèse majesté law against protesters who offend the Monarchy

Police are ready to invoke the lèse majesté law against any protesters who offend or insult the Monarchy and to ask the courts to withdraw bail already granted to protest…

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Thai royalists urge police to invoke lèse majesté law against protesters who offend the Monarchy

Royalists have stepped up calls for the police to invoke the lèse majesté law, or Section 112 of the Criminal Code, against anti-establishment protesters who offend the Monarchy, following an…

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Thai PM to get tough with protesters who break the law

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has decided to get tough with anti-establishment protesters, by invoking and strictly enforcing every existing law and every section of the law, to deal with law-breaking…

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Police to charge those responsible for damage to police property during protests

Police are to take legal action against those among the anti-establishment protesters who vandalized police property during the protest in front of the Royal Thai Police headquarters Wednesday night. Pol…

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Anti-government protesters disperse after rally at Ratchaprasong

Thousands of anti-government protesters rallied at Ratchaprasong intersection in the heart of Bangkok Wednesday evening during which many of them also descended on the national police headquarters nearby and spray-painted its…

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Duck and cover: Blow-up mascots star at Thai protests

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thai police have water cannon and teargas to fire at protesters. The answer: Inflatable yellow pool ducks. The giant ducks starred on Wednesday as thousands of protesters…

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Parliament adopts 2 charter bills, rejects iLaw’s version

Parliament today voted in favour of two bills in their first reading that would pave the way for drafting of a new constitution but threw out the one proposed by…

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At least 55 hurt in Thailand’s most violent protests since new movement emerged

The Reuters reports at least 55 people were hurt, some with gunshot wounds, when demonstrators marching on the Thai parliament clashed with police and royalist counter-protesters, in the worst violence…

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The monument at the heart of Thailand’s battle for democracy

Bangkok’s Democracy Monument has long been the site of political protests in Thailand, most recently on Saturday, when the grand structure was wrapped in a white banner featuring pro-democracy demonstrators’…

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Cabinet endorses abortion bill allowing termination up to 12 weeks of pregnancy

The Thai cabinet has approved amendments to the abortion law, to allow a woman who is no more than 12 weeks pregnant to have an abortion. The bill to amend…

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Palang Pracharat deputy leader urges fellow lawmakers to reject iLaw’s draft charter amendment

Deputy leader of the Palang Pracharat party, Mr. Paiboon Nititawan, has urged fellow MPs who want to protect the Monarchy to reject the draft constitutional amendment proposed by the Internet…

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34 injured in parliament rally, protesters to return to Ratchaprasong Wednesday

At least 34 people were injured in scuffles with police during a rally in front of the parliament Tuesday while protesters vowed to return for another major demonstration at Ratchaprasong…

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Protesters to return to Ratchaprasong for major rally Wednesday

Anti-government protesters vowed to return for another major rally at Ratchaprasongintersection in the heart of Bangkok on Wednesday evening to await the result of the Parliament’s vote on the constitutional…

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Protesters break through police barriers to reach parliament gate

Thousands of anti-government protesters have forced their way through police barriers to rally at the main gate of the parliament where parliamentarians are debating bills seeking to amend the constitution….

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Police battle protesters as Parliament debates charter bills

As parliamentarians debated the bills seeking to amend the constitution, police battled anti-government protesters trying to break through barriers outside the Parliament at Kiakkai intersection. At one point scuffles also…

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If the education system is good…

“I feel it is about education. I think, if the standard of education were good, other things would follow. If the infrastructure were good, other things can improve,” said Issadaorn…

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