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Editorial: Thailand Has a Moral Duty to Stop the Killings in Myanmar

Thai government can – and should – exert its diplomatic influence to end the bloodshed in their neighboring country. 

‘Miss Universe’ Stands By Police Brutality Comments After Dismissal

BANGKOK — The winner of Miss Universe Thailand 2020 said Wednesday she would not back down from comments about police violence that cost her job in a government agency.
A riot police fires rubber bullets at anti-government demonstrators on Feb. 28, 2021.

Watchdogs Unsettled by Police Firing ‘Rubber Bullets’ on Protesters

BANGKOK — Human rights groups on Tuesday said the riot police’s use of rubber baton rounds during Sunday’s crackdown on protesters was disproportionate.

‘Mysterious Men’ at Protest Identified as Police and Soldiers

BANGKOK — Police on Tuesday admitted that a group of unidentified men in plain-cloth who were present during clashes between riot police and protesters earlier this week belonged to the armed forces.
A riot police fires rubber bullet at anti-government demonstrators in front of the 1st Infantry Regiment army base on Feb. 28, 2021.

Activists Weigh on ‘Leaderless’ Protest Tactic After Night of Chaos

BANGKOK — Pro-democracy campaigners on Monday are forced to reassess the strategy of holding street protests without clear leadership, a day after the rally close to PM Prayut Chan-o-cha’s residence ended in violence.

Do You Hear the People Sing? A Guide to Myanmar Protest Music

I never expected to be singing these songs again, this time together with my son’s generation. Until the coup, I had thought that this generation was only interested in three things: eating, sleeping and play computer games. They have been proving me wrong.

At Long Last, COVID Vaccine Drive Begins in Earnest

BANGKOK — Frontline health workers, volunteers, and local officials are lining up Monday to receive their shot of vaccine against COVID-19, kicking off the long awaited inoculation drive that hopes to reopen the country.

Prayut Postpones Inaugural COVID Jab, Cites ‘Paperwork Issue’

BANGKOK — The inaugural shot of COVID-19 vaccine will not be administered to PM Prayut Chan-o-cha as planned due to missing paperwork for the AstraZeneca vaccine shipment, a source at Government House said.

Opinion: The Everyday Terror of Life Under Myanmar’s Coup Regime

Dates and days have become blurred in a life under a military dictatorship. Instead, every day is a day of protesting and resisting.
Health minister Anutin Charnvirakul holds a syringe prop during a press conference at the Ministry of Public Health on Feb. 25, 2021.

13 Provinces to Get Vaccines First; Lowkey Welcome for AZ Doses

BANGKOK — Samut Sakhon, Bangkok, and Pathum Thani are among the first provinces to begin vaccinating its health workers and vulnerable populations against COVID-19 by next month, officials said Thursday.

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