A lecturer from Chiang Mai University and a lawyer from the Thai Lawyers for Human Rights accompanied student activists to the police station in Chiang Mai province, to acknowledge the charges against them while emphasising their basic right to protest.
The group led by Somchai Preecha-silpakul, a lecturer at the Faculty of Law at Chiang Mai University, arrived at Muang Chiang Mai police station at 10am.
The students who faced charges for the public gathering on August 9 reported to the police because of arrest warrants against them for allegedly inciting disturbance in the kingdom, gathering without informing the authority, violating the emergency decree on pandemic and using speakers without permission.
Somchai said that the seven students came to show their innocence and they were ready to fight in the legal system, saying the gathering was their basic right under the Constitution.
They were not arrested as police said the accused had no intention to flee and more than 10 teachers were willing to bail them in the future.
The Marine Department has set up a panel to investigate the sinking of a cargo ship and 58 containers of rubberwood in the Gulf of Thailand on Saturday.
Investigators have asked for the schedule and loading information from the ship’s owner and captain, said Pramuan Tessana, director of the Koh Samui Marine Department, on Monday.
The ship will be a shipping hazard for the next 15 days or so as salvagers work to refloat it.
“The ship is sticking up 1.3 metres above the surface after sinking in six metres of water,” said Pramuan, adding that the cargo had been retrieved from the sea and tethered nearby.
The director said the 58 containers onboard did not exceed the ship’s capacity.
The ship sank 10 nautical miles (18.5 kilometres) off the coast of Surat Thani at 8pm on Saturday. All 10 crew members were rescued by local fishermen. The Marine Department reportedly has insurance to cover the salvage operation.
Typhoon Molave is set to enter Thailand on Thursday before it weakens heads toward Myanmar, Chawalit Chantararat from Team Consulting Engineering and Management said on Monday.
Typhoon Molave, which formed over the Pacific Ocean, is the 17th storm this year moving west.
Typhoon’s path and impact
Sunday: Molave lands in the Philippines, displacing thousands as heavy to very heavy rains inundates villages, before it starts blowing out of the country towards the South China Sea on Monday.
Tuesday: Molave will strengthen to Class 2 Typhoon (highest level being 5) before entering Da Nang and Phu Yen in central Vietnam early on Wednesday.
Thursday: Molave will weaken to a Category 1 typhoon and bring heavy rains to southern Laos, before moving into Thailand and bringing heavy rains to the Northeast, namely Ubon Ratchathani, Yasothon, Roi Et, Kalasin, Mahasarakham, Khon Kaen and Chaiyaphum provinces.
It will then weaken to a tropical storm and bring moderate to heavy rainfall in the North, Central and West of Thailand.
Friday: Molave is expected to weaken into a depression and dump moderate to heavy rain in the west of Thailand on its way to Myanmar.
The pro-democracy group Free Youth and its ally, the United Front of Thammasat and Demonstration, announced in a Facebook post on Monday morning that they will be marching to the German embassy in the afternoon to submit a petition.The march will kick off at 5pm from Sam Yan intersection and end near Lumpini MRT station, close to the embassy.
The groups said their petition calls for the German authorities to check whether the King has actually been reigning over his country from Germany.
The post also said: “Our monarchy has been used as a political tool for several years. The dictators and fascists have used the monarchy to tackle those who stand against them. This is the reason why Thailand is not moving forward as it should be.”
The groups also accused this government of worsening the country’s condition over the past six years and slammed Prayut Chan-o-cha of taking power unfairly through a coup.
The Metropolitan Police Bureau is advising commuters to avoid Rama IV and South Sathorn roads on Monday from 3pm onwards as anti-establishment protesters will be gathering at Sam Yan intersection before they head to the German embassy in Bangkok.
Pol Maj-General Jirasan Kaewsangek, deputy commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Bureau, said this route usually struggles with heavy traffic, especially during rush hour.
To avoid being caught in jams, he advised people to avoid Rama IV Road (Sam Yan-Witthayu intersection), South Sathorn Road (Witthayu-YMCA intersection) as well as the Witthayu intersection.
Instead, he said, motorists could opt for Rama I-Banthat Thong, Henri Dunant-Surawong, Rajdamri-Silom, Witthayu-Sarasin-Rajdamri routes or take Duang Phithak, Saladaeng, Convent, Narathiwat Ratchanakarin roads or Soi Ngam Dupli or the Chalerm Mahanakorn Expressway.
“If people must use Rama IV Road, they take the Thai-Japanese and Thai-Belgian bridges,” he said, adding that traffic police was ready to control the congestion.
Motorists can call Traffic Control and Command Centre’s hotline 1197, use M-Help Me smartphone application, or visit Traffic Police Division’s website for more information.
The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) on Monday reported seven new cases over a 24-hour period.
All the new cases were Thai nationals and asymptomatic.
A 67-year-old male masseur returned from Bahrain on October 18 and tested positive on October 22 in a Chonburi state quarantine facility
A 49-year-old male masseur returned from Austria on October 18 and tested positive in a Bangkok state quarantine hotel on October 22.
A 25-year-old male student returned from Jordan on October 21 and tested positive in a Chonburi state quarantine facility on October 24.
A 40-year-old woman returned from Qatar on October 21 and tested positive in a Chonburi state quarantine facility on October 24.
A 39-year-old female masseuse returned from Iraq on October 21 and tested positive in a Bangkok state quarantine hotel on October 24
A 42-year-old woman returned from Turkey on October 21 and tested positive in a Chonburi state quarantine facility on October 24.
A 49-year-old male freelancer returned from Kuwait on October 21 and tested positive in a Chonburi state quarantine facility on October 24.
Meanwhile, 13 patients have recovered and been discharged.
The total number of confirmed cases in Thailand increased to 3,743 (795 in state quarantine), of whom 141 are in hospital, 3,543 have recovered and been discharged and 59 have died.
According to Worldometer, as of 10am on Monday, the total number of confirmed global cases had increased to 43.3 million (up by 404,793), 31.9 million have recovered, while 10.28 million are active cases ( 77,749 in severe condition) and 1.15 million have died (up by 4,498).
Thailand ranks 146th for most cases in the world, while the US has the most number with 8.88 million, followed by India 7.9 million, Brazil 5.39 million, Russia 1.5 million and France 1.13 million.
In a move to control PM2.5 levels in the capital during the dry, cool season, the Bangkok Metropolitan Authority (BMA) has decided to stop six-wheelers from entering the city from December 1 onwards.
Some 23 agencies, including the Traffic Police Division, Pollution Control Department, Department of Industrial Works and the BMA, got together recently to discuss ways of solving the problem of PM2.5 (dust particles that are less than 2.5 micrometres in diameter).
At the meeting, it was resolved that:
• Vehicles with six or more wheels will be blocked from entering Bangkok from 6am to 9pm from December 1 until the end of February to reduce traffic and pollution.
• A dust measurement station in compliance with international standards will be set up in all 50 districts of the capital so people know the level of dust particles in their area.
• BMA will also be installing a dust metre in up to 20 parks in the city by November 13.
Bangkok residents are advised to check air quality using the AirBKK application before leaving home. The app can also provide forecasts on air-quality during morning rush hour (6am to 9am) and evening peak hour (3pm to 10pm).
Security at Thailand-Myanmar border checkpoints has been tightened as it is believed that more than 2,000 foreigners in Myanmar whose visa has expired may flee to Thailand.
Myanmar officials informed their Thai counterparts on Monday that foreigners who have invested in casinos and other entertainment businesses whose visa has expired may enter Thailand’s Tak province via the Moei River.
Up to 1,914 Chinese nationals, 34 Vietnamese, eight Malaysians, four Filipinos, two Taiwanese, two Cambodian, two Laotians and one Australian are expected to hop across the border.
Three Chinese people were recently arrested trying to cross into Thailand via Mae Sot district. They had about Bt8 million in cash and had reportedly contacted agents in Thailand to help them cross the border.
Security at all border checkpoints has had to be heightened to support the Public Health Ministry’s attempt to stop Covid-19 infections being brought in from Myanmar, where the pandemic is at a critical level.