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First-year uni student files police complaint against Prayut in Hat Yai


An 18-year-old Songkhla resident filed a police complaint against Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha for wrongful conduct and dereliction of duty causing suffering among citizens.

Vajiravich Mamamuna, a first-year student at Chulalongkorn University’s Faculty of Economics, filed the complaint with Hat Yai Police Station’s deputy inspector Pol Capt Suchart Kaewrat.

He backed the complaint with receipts and other records of Covid-related expenses.

“Prayut Chan-o-cha, as prime minister, is in charge of managing the Covid-19 pandemic. But, due to wrongful management since the beginning of 2020, Thailand is having to deal with more than 9,000 Covid-19 cases per day, and many patients and victims are being neglected,” he explained.

He also said that Prayut should be providing free treatment for citizens under the Constitution’s Article 47.


“The PM’s dereliction of duty during the pandemic has made Thai citizens suffer, as many Covid-19 patients have been left to fend for themselves due to the lack of medical supplies or transportation. Some patients have had to pay huge bills at private hospitals because they were neglected by the public healthcare system,’ he said.

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Police recorded the complaint and have scheduled a second meeting with him.

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Published : July 23, 2021

By : The Nation

Teen rapper Milli fined in social media crackdown on celebrities who criticise govt #SootinClaimon.Com

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Teen rapper Milli fined in social media crackdown on celebrities who criticise govt


Eighteen-year-old rapper Danupha “Milli” Kanateerakul was on Thursday fined 2,000 baht for criticising the government on her Twitter account.

The teen rapper on Wednesday became the first celebrity to be charged with defamation for slamming the government over its handling of the Covid-19 pandemic. “The situation is bad. The government does nothing at all. When citizens tell it to do something, the government does that at 1am,” she tweeted to her 229,000 followers on June 27.

After she was slapped with the defamation charge, the hashtag #save มิลลิ (#saveMilli) began trending on Twitter.

As public anger over the virus crisis grows, Milli has joined other Thai celebrities in exercising what they see as their right to free expression by criticising authorities on social media.

Other celebrities speaking out against the government include singer Natthawut Jenmana and social media influencer Pantipa Arunwattanachai.

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Natthawut recently tweeted: “I am not angry that there is a lockdown. I am not irritated that I have to adapt to it. I am furious that there is no certainty or reasoning. I cannot see any determination or plan by the government to solve the problem. I do not feel safe. I feel that I am only a speck of dust to them. Lives are not dust or numbers but they do not understand at all.”

Pantipa wrote on Facebook: “I have grown up being deceived and abandoned by men, but still survived. So, I will not die because of a guy named Tuu [Prime Minister Prayut’s nickname].”

On Wednesday, Digital Economy and Society Minister Chaiwut Thanakamanusorn told celebrities not to criticise the government on social media, warning they could be charged under the Computer Crimes Act.

Meanwhile Sonthiya Sawasdee, a former member of the ruling Palang Pracharath Party, has doubled down by filing a lawsuit against 20 celebrities who commented on the Covid-19 crisis. The names of the celebrities she is suing had not been revealed as of press time.

Published : July 22, 2021

By : The Nation

14 nabbed for demanding mRNA jabs in Bangkok rally on Sunday #SootinClaimon.Com

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14 nabbed for demanding mRNA jabs in Bangkok rally on Sunday


Police arrested 14 vocational students on Sunday evening for participating in a pro-democracy protest at Bangkok’s Democracy Monument earlier in the day.

Among them was Thanadech Srisongkram, a chief guard of the protest movement, who was arrested based on a warrant issued for his participation in a rally outside the Public Health Ministry in Nonthaburi on Friday. He and his fellow protesters were nabbed while he was dropping them off.

Thanadech faces charges of violating the emergency decree, causing unrest, attacking officers with a weapon, assembling more than 10 persons and stopping officials from performing their duties.

He was reportedly first taken to Bang Khen Police Station before being shifted to the station in Nonthaburi.

Police also confiscated a couple of pick-up trucks owned by Thanadech and his friend, a wooden club, 14 slingshots and some metal nuts.

The 13 others were reportedly charged for violating the emergency decree and were taken to Region 1 Border Police Bureau in Pathum Thani.

On Sunday, a group of pro-democracy protesters gathered at Democracy Monument to demand that the government provide the public with the more effective mRNA vaccines. They also demanded Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s resignation and for the monarchy and military’s budgets to be slashed to mitigate the Covid-19 pandemic’s impact on people.

Published : July 19, 2021

By : The Nation

Police fire at pro-democracy protesters marching to Government House #SootinClaimon.Com

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Police fire at pro-democracy protesters marching to Government House


Police fired rubber bullets, tear gas and water cannons on Sunday evening to prevent anti-government protesters from marching to Government House in Bangkok.

Pro-democracy protesters of the Free Youth group organised the rally that began at Democracy Monument, and issued a set of demands, including the resignation of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha.

The group has demanded that the government:

– Cut the monarchy and military budgets to mitigate Covid-19’s impact on the people.

– Inoculate people using mRNA vaccines instead of Sinovac.

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Earlier, police had warned the protesters that their rally was in violation of the state of emergency which bars the gathering of over five people in maximum and strictly controlled areas.

Police reportedly fired at the protesters on Chamai Maruchet Bridge.

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Published : July 18, 2021

By : The Nation

Police warn groups against anti-government protests on Sunday #SootinClaimon.Com

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Police warn groups against anti-government protests on Sunday


Metropolitan Police Bureau (MPB) has urged anti-establishment protesters to suspend their plan to protest in Bangkok on Sunday, due to the Covid-19 situation.

Several protest groups, such as Ratsodan and Free Youth, had announced that they would hold a rally at Democracy Monument from 2pm on Sunday. The protesters plan to march to Government House.

On Saturday, MPB deputy commissioner Piya Tawichai said that the protesters must suspend their plan due to the outbreak in Bangkok.

He warned those who take part in the protests would be charged with violation of the emergency decree, the Communicable Disease Act and other related laws.

Published : July 17, 2021

By : The Nation

Prayut escapes termination despite ruling on Green Line interference #SootinClaimon.Com

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Prayut escapes termination despite ruling on Green Line interference


The Constitutional Court on Thursday dismissed a petition calling for Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to be disqualified from office for interfering in the MRT Green Line rail project.

The petition was submitted on April 2019 by 72 MPs.

It accused Prayut of issuing an executive order on the implementation of the MRT Green Line project to intervene and interfere in acquiring concessions from government agencies.

At the time he issued the order, Prayut was head of the junta National Council for Peace and Order.

The court ruled that his executive order violated Section 184 and 186 of the Constitution, which warranted termination of ministerial status. However, it said that constitutional provisions on the termination of ministerial status only cover people holding the position of minister at the time. Since Prayut vacated his position as prime minister at the 2019 general election, he was not subject to disqualification from office.

Published : July 02, 2021

By : The Nation

Pro-democracy group announces rally for Prayut’s ouster #SootinClaimon.Com

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Pro-democracy group announces rally for Prayut’s ouster


Ratsadon, a pro-democracy group led by Parit “Penguin” Chiwarak, called on supporters to join its rally on Friday and help remove Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha from office.

The rally will be held from 4pm to 10pm, but the place is yet to be announced.

“We also invite vendors who have suffered from the government’s policies to sell their goods at the protest site,” Parit added.

The United Front of Thammasat and Demonstration also announced on its Facebook page that a Ratsadon market will be set up at the protest site. The announcement came with the hashtag: #เปิดท้ายวันศุกร์ลุกไล่เผด็จการ or Friday market against dictatorship.

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Published : July 01, 2021

By : The Nation

Jatuporn vows to topple Prayut regime in three months #SootinClaimon.Com

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Jatuporn vows to topple Prayut regime in three months


The leader of the United People for Thailand pro-democracy group, Jatuporn Prompan, on Saturday vowed to topple Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-chas regime within three months.

He made the remarks during the anti-government rally outside Government House in Bangkok’s Phra Nakhon district on Saturday.

The group had earlier gathered at Phan Fa Lilat bridge at 4pm before moving to Government House at 6.30pm.

“It would take three months to eliminate Prayut’s regime, not today or tomorrow,” he said.

“This regime was made 15 years ago, not seven years. We cannot be patient with Prayut’s impudence anymore.”

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The turnout for the rally on Saturday was low, comparable with Thursday’s aborted protest. There was a large police presence.

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Published : June 27, 2021

By : The Nation

Democrat’s two-ballot voting system only charter change proposal to pull through Parliament #SootinClaimon.Com

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Democrat’s two-ballot voting system only charter change proposal to pull through Parliament


Only one of the 13 charter amendment drafts proposed by both sides of the House made it through the first reading in Parliament on Thursday.

Democrat’s two-ballot voting system only charter change proposal to pull through Parliament

The amendment proposed by the Democrat Party on a two-ballot voting system pulled through with 552 yes votes, 24 nays and 130 abstentions.

Voting on the 13 Constitution amendment bills took more than six hours and 12 were rejected because they did not meet the vote count required.

The rejected drafts included opposition Pheu Thai Party’s proposal that senators’ right to select a prime minister be taken away and ruling Palang Pracharth Party’s proposal on fighting corruption.

The Democrat Party, meanwhile, proposed amendments to Articles 83 and 91 of the Constitution.

Article 83 will be amended to revive the two-ballot voting system in which the House of Representative’s 500 MPs will comprise 400 elected from constituencies and 100 from the party-list system. The Lower House currently comprises 350 constituency MPs and 150 from party lists.

Article 91, meanwhile, deals with the calculation of party-list MPs, which will be changed in line with the two-ballot system.

However, some MPs and senators do not agree with the two-ballot system because they believe it will only benefit large political parties.

After voting was completed a panel for considering charter amendment drafts was established. The 45-member committee includes 17 representatives of the government coalition and 13 members of the opposition. The panel will spend 15 days studying the amendment draft and will hold its first meeting on June 29.

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Published : June 25, 2021

By : The Nation

Voting on constitutional drafts to be held separately, could stretch into many hours: Chuan #SootinClaimon.Com

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Voting on constitutional drafts to be held separately, could stretch into many hours: Chuan


Voting on 13 constitutional drafts on Thursday will go ahead separately, House Speaker Chuan Leekpai said on Wednesday.

Voting on constitutional drafts to be held separately, could stretch into many hours: Chuan

He explained that consideration of constitution amendments will be made sequentially starting with the Pheu Thai Party and followed by Palang Pracharath, Bhumjaithai, the Democrat Party and Chartthaipattana.

“The vote on 13 constitutional drafts on Thursday will be made separately, which may take many hours,” he said.

He added that the establishment of a committee for considering constitutional drafts will be made under the process.

Asked whether the Parliament session would be extended, Chuan said a time limit of six hours had been set for each side and each party would discuss how much time they would take exactly.

Published : June 23, 2021

By : The Nation