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Covid-19 outbreak at shrimp market in Thailand prompts mass testing of thousands

Thailand began mass testing of thousands of people for Covid-19 and extended curbs on movement, a day after locking down a province following the country’s worst outbreak yet. The outbreak at a shrimp market in Samut Sakhon, a province southwest of Bangkok and a centre of the seafood industry that is home to thousands of […]

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Thailand books pro-democracy activists under controversial law for criticising the royal family

Thailand revived its controversial law against criticising the royal family in an attempt to curb months of anti-government protests. Several activists have been summoned to face charges under the lèse-majesté law, which carries a sentence of up to 15 years in prison for each count. On Tuesday, a prominent student activist, 22-year-old Parit Chiwarak, said […]

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Thai parliament REJECTS monarchial reforms amid intensifying pro-democracy protests

Thailand’s parliament on Wednesday voted to move forward with two proposals on amending the constitution but stopped short of backing a motion that included monarchical reform, amid intensifying protests against the country’s military-backed government. The vote came a day after the worst night of violence in the country’s five-month protest movement saw live ammunition used […]

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Thai Pro-Democracy Protests: 40 injured in clashes between police and protesters

Over 40 people were left injured after clashes between protesters and police in Thailand’s capital Bangkok. Tuesday’s protest is said to be the most violent since the student-led movement emerged in July. Protesters were attempting to reach parliament, where lawmakers were debating possible changes to the constitution. Chaos erupted after a group of demonstrators tried […]

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Bangkok police deploy water cannons to STOP protesters marching towards the royal palace

Police in Bangkok deployed and used water cannons against thousands of demonstrators marching through Bangkok on Sunday. Reuters news agency estimated a strong crowd of over 10,000 people taking part in a march towards the royal palace to give messages to King Maha Vajiralongkorn. Officers used the cannon for only the second time during the […]

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Thousands of Thai protesters demand Germany to probe their king, march to German embassy in Bangkok

Thousands of residents in Thailand marched to the German embassy in Bangkok on Monday, to keep up pressure on King Maha Vajiralongkorn, who spends much of his time in Germany. Germany has said it would be unacceptable for King Maha Vajiralongkorn, 68, to conduct politics there and Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said the European power […]

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Bangkok hostels offer secret refuge to protesters, sometimes free

As thousands of protesters demonstrate against the monarch and the government in Thailand, many hostels across Bangkok opened their doors to give weary demonstrators a refuge, sometimes for free. With protesters at times facing water cannon and playing cat and mouse with police in sweltering conditions until late into the evenings, many have been sleeping […]

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Thailand revokes emergency decree in bid to end months of mass anti-government protests

Thailand revoked the emergency decree it imposed a week ago as it tries to end months of protests against the prime minister and the monarchy. “It appears that the serious situation that led to the state of emergency declaration has subsided and ended. The circumstances can now be controlled by state officers,” a statement published […]

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Thailand blocks Telegram messaging app over mass anti-government protests

Thailand has ordered internet providers to block the Telegram messaging app, amid mass anti-government protests in the nation. The local media on Monday reported after a document marked “very confidential” was leaked and shared widely on social media. Telegram is a popular secure messaging app that has been used by activists to organise protests at […]

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Thousands of pro-democracy protesters take over streets in Thailand defying ban

Thousands of citizens took over key intersections in Bangkok on Sunday, defying a ban on protests for the fourth day with chants of “down with dictatorship” and “reform the monarchy.” Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, is concerned about the spreading protests and the government wants to talk, his spokesman said. Prayuth’s spokesman said the prime minister […]

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Thailand blocks access to online petition demanding King Maha Vajiralongkorn be declared ‘persona non grata’

Thailand blocked access to online petition site Change.org, after it hosted a petition calling for King Maha Vajiralongkorn to be declared persona non grata in Germany. The petition – written in Thai, English and German – was originated by a Thai graduate student in France. In it, he called for Germany to declare the king […]

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Thousands of protesters hit the streets in Thailand defying emergency decree that banned demonstrations

Thousands of Thai protesters hit the streets for a second night on Thursday, defying a government emergency decree aimed at quelling pro-democracy demonstrations that have gripped the country for more than three months. The government issued an emergency decree that came into effect at 4am local time on Thursday. The order banned protests as it […]