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Thailand To Ease Nightlife Lockdown

Thailand's nightlife will restart with some restrictions this week, the kingdom announced Monday, part of a return to normalcy as it prepares to welcome business travellers and medical tourists after a ban on foreign entry.So far Thailand has 3,169 cases and 58 deaths from the coronavirus - a low toll considering the kingdom in mid-January became was the first country outside China to register a case. But the country's tourism-reliant economy has been hit hard by the border

30 June 2020

Thais Call For Change On Anniversary Of Revolution

Thais on Wednesday marked the anniversary of a 1932 revolution which ended absolute monarchy with heavily symbolic events, demanding reforms to a political system dominated by the arch-royalist army.Protesters dressed as soldiers and a pre-dawn holographic display were among the subversive ways activists chose to commemorate Thailand's transition from absolutism to a constitutional monarchy on 24 June, 1932.Marking the revolution has become increasingly taboo under the government of form

25 June 2020

Thai students rally against dissolution of FFP

Thai students held rare flashmob protests on Wednesday as anger at the dissolution of a stridently anti-military opposition party bubbles in a kingdom with a long history of raucous street politics.Universities across the country have seen rallies since the Future Forward Party (FFP) was dissolved last Friday over an alleged illegal loan by its billionaire founder.The party won 6.3 million votes in elections last March, earning the loyalty of millennials with its radical agenda to expunge the

27 February 2020

Thailand denies PM aided in Malaysia’s 1MDB scandal

Thailand's government threatened legal action on Monday against a banned opposition party which claimed Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha  aided in the cover-up of Malaysia's 1MDB graft scandal by harbouring a fugitive financier.The stridently anti-military Future Forward Party, the third largest in parliament, was dissolved Friday by a court and its key members banned from politics for a decade.On Sunday Future Forward's spokeswoman Pannika Wanich held a public confere

25 February 2020

Thai city holds vigil for victims of mass shooting

Holding candles and writing condolences as monks chanted prayers, hundreds of Thais held an evening vigil Sunday for the 29 victims of an "unprecedented" mass shooting carried out by a soldier.Sharpshooters killed the gunman on Sunday morning after a 17-hour ordeal, including a night of firefights and terrifying dashes for mall exits by shoppers trapped in the Terminal 21 mall in Nakhon Ratchasima, also known as Korat.The provincial governor told reporters that the total death toll

10 February 2020

Suffocating in Thailand

Recently, The ASEAN Post published an article which focused on the perception in Thailand that crime was on the rise. This was based on a survey conducted by the Suan Dusit Rajabhat University which, among other questions, had asked Thais which security threats they most feared.

30 January 2020

Thai opposition party survives dissolution bid

A stridently anti-military Thai party survived a first legal attempt to disband it Tuesday over alleged sedition - including links to the Illuminati, a secret group conspiracy theorists say is seeking global domination.The Constitutional Court ruled Future Forward - a pro-democracy party which vehemently opposes the army-aligned establishment - had not shown any intent to overthrow the constitutional monarchy.Dismissing the charge, a judge on the nine-member bench said there was no sign key e

22 January 2020

How will Thailand’s FFP play its hand?

Earlier this week, Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha was quoted as saying that rallies were a “waste of time”. He was, of course, referring to Sunday’s Future Forward Party (FFP)-backed rally referred to as “Run Against Dictatorship” by some quarters and “Run to Oust Uncle” by others.“I am not an enemy of anyone.

16 January 2020

Will Thais stay calm at Future Forward Party run?

Last week, news reports in Thailand revealed that as many as 10,000 anti-government opponents had registered for the “Run Against Dictatorship” event organised by the Future Forward Party. The event is set to take place this Sunday in the country’s capital city, Bangkok.Thai pro-government supporters have decided that they would stage a rival walk on the same day.

9 January 2020

Thanathorn for Thai Prime Minister?

Last week, a survey by Thailand’s National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA) named Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit “the most suitable person” for the post of Thai Prime Minister and his Future Forward Party as the best party to lead the country. Current Prime Minister, Prayut Chan-o-cha came in a distant second spot in the poll.The NIDA Poll was conducted between 18 to 20 December, 2019 and involved 2,511 Thai adults from various occupations and levels of education.

7 January 2020