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Overseas Thai Students Condemn Crackdown on Protesters

BANGKOK — A number of Thai students studying abroad are voicing their condemnation of Friday’s crackdown on pro-democracy protesters and urging the government to consider reform demands made by the movement.

Authorities Seek To Censor Coverage of Student Protests

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s embattled prime minister said Monday that there were no plans to extend a state of emergency outside the capital, even as student-led protests calling for him to leave office spread around the country. Police, however, indicated they were working to censor coverage of the demonstrations.

Doctor Fired for Opposing Use of Chemical Agents on Protesters

BANGKOK — A hospital director said he fired one of his doctors for signing a letter denouncing the use of chemical irritants in water cannons during crackdowns against protesters.

Fear Change Much? Gov’t Blocks Change.org to Stop Petitions

BANGKOK — The government ordered internet providers to block access to online petition site Change.org as of Friday.
A hardline royalist protest on Oct. 12, 2020.

3 Senior Policemen Removed for Motorcade Bedlam

BANGKOK — Three police commanders, including an officer who oversaw the crowd control division, were transferred to an inactive post pending investigation on Thursday after a royal motorcade encountered a group of protesters yesterday.
Tourists wait for a ferry on Koh Chang.

Foreign Ministry, Tourism Officials Clash on Pandemic Visas

BANGKOK — Confusion over a special visa program that would allow tourists to visit Thailand during the global coronavirus outbreak continued unabated Monday, with heads of two government departments contradicting each other on even the most fundamental question: has anyone actually applied for it at all?

Driver’s ‘Negligence’ Led to Bus-Train Crash Killing 19

CHACHOENGSAO — Police said Monday that a bus collision with a train that killed 18 people yesterday was likely the fault of the bus driver.
Wesley Barnes, in white hat, during a mediation session at the Koh Chang Police Station on Oct. 8, 2020.

Jailed American Apologizes for Defaming Koh Chang Resort

TRAT — An American on Thursday offered a formal apology to a hotel that accused him of cybercrime for a series of disparaging reviews he wrote online – a complaint that resulted in the expat spending two nights in a police jail.
Patong Beach on Phuket Island is cordoned off from the public on June 8, 2020.

Pandemic Tourist Visas Shelved in Favor of Local Vacationers

BANGKOK — A visa program that would allow foreigners to visit Thailand and bring in the much needed tourism revenues was delayed until later this month for the sake of Thai tourists who wish to vacation without concerns of possible virus outbreak, officials said Thursday.
Lt. Gen. Jaruwat Waisaya shows what he said to be a copy of the Interpol Red Notice for Vorayuth “Boss” Yoovidhya during a press conference on Oct. 7, 2020.

Real or Fake? Cops Show Interpol Notice for ‘Boss Red Bull’

BANGKOK — Police said Wednesday a request for the arrest of the Red Bull heir Vorayuth “Boss” Yoovidhya was already issued by...

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