I actually couldn’t get back to bangkok. All the flights from phuket were booked out. I couldn’t even get a single seat, so it looks like phuket was quite busy over the weekend which, by the way of course, was valentine’s day. I hope you didn’t forget anyway. We’Ve got quite a lot to start today’s news about the protests on saturday. So let’s get started. The hashtag police beating medic continues to trend on local twitter media, as the metropolitan police bureau, commissioner defends his officers. Actions thais are universally condemning the heavy handed police action at the protest on saturday after officers dressed in right gear beat a medical volunteer outside the supreme court near sanam luang, the man has been confirmed as a nurse or medical volunteer in a number of media photos And video have circulated showing the man on the ground, surrounded by police. The videos also capture many of the other scuffles that took place at the time. The rural doctor society, a group of thai doctors, have roundly condemned the alleged violence, releasing a statement demanding legal action against the officers involved. They say the incident is a serious violation of human rights, but the metropolitan police bureau are defending the officers saying the man was in the area during a clash with protesters and officers had warned people to end the rally. The protest, a continuation of last year’s rallies, was calling on an end to thailand’s draconian majeste law, which carries a prison sentence for up to 15 years for anything deemed insulting.
The thai monarchy protesters also demanded the release of four prominent protest leaders who remain in court detention on lace, majestic charges. The statements made at last year’s political rallies. The rally started at the democracy monument when protesters then marched to the city, pillar, shrine protesters, threw paint and miscellaneous objects at police, and many small bangs thought to be firecrackers or tear gas. Canisters were heard going off during the tense standoff and the scuffle that followed police dressed in full riot gear, blocked the supreme court entrance, but allowed four protest leaders to enter the shrine to seek blessings for the rally. At that point there was an outbreak of violence between some of the protesters and police police claimed that more than 20 officers were injured in the clashes and around eight people have been detained for questioning tear gas cans were found around the scene, but the city police Chief maintains that officers did not use tear gas if it wasn’t tear gas. There was something else going off causing a lot of smoke and explosions. The student movement that emerged last year in july smashed long held taboos by openly criticizing both the thai king, maha vashiya longhorn and the institution itself. Protesters claimed that the palace has amassed too much power since his majesty, the king ascended, the throne. After the death of his father in 2016., the palace continues to decline. Direct comment about the protests, but the thai pm plywood channel cha, says the criticism of the thai monarch is unlawful and inappropriate now to some other news: a thai national who’s in quarantine.
After returning from tanzania has been found to be infected with the south african strain of covet 19, a variant of the virus known to be more contagious and currently believed to be resistant to some of the vaccines. The department of disease control says health officials are closely monitoring the situation and a rapid screening process will be applied to those arriving from areas at high risk of the south african variant. The 41 year old thai gem trader had traveled to tanzania for business. He then traveled to ethiopia returned to thailand on january the 29th he tested positive for covet 19, while undergoing the mandatory 14 day quarantine for those arriving back in thailand. The new covert 19 variant is more infectious but apparently less severe than earlier strains. A preliminary report shows that astrazeneca’s covert 19 vaccine only provides limited protection against the new south african strain of the virus. Following that report, the south african government halted, the rollout of the astrazeneca vaccine police are searching for a suspect who thais are describing as the ninja thief after a series of robberies in a neighborhood in not debris just outside bangkok, where a robber entered homes through the Top floor windows residents have put up posters in the neighborhood with an image of a ninja warning others about the robberies. So far, ten robberies have been reported in the area. The incidents appear to be related residents, say the ninja thief enters home through the top floor windows and steals small but valuable items like jewellery and watches in the latest home invasion.
The homeowners say there was no valuable jewellery to steal, so the intruder left a little something in their toilet. To remember him by ancient artifact smuggled out of thailand decades ago and ending up on display at a museum in the us will be shipped back to thailand. The two hand carved lintels, both weighing more than 680 kilograms were stolen from temples in buriram and sakyo. According to a complaint filed with the attorney’s office of the northern district of california, san francisco division, a lintel is the support, beam that sits over a door or window just so you know an investigation was launched by the u.s department of homeland security back in 2016. After the consul general of the royal thai consulate in la visited san francisco’s asian art museum and saw the ancient thai lintels on display, the investigation has now come to a close, and the u.s government will ship the lintels back to thailand. The ancient lintels have also been removed from the museum’s list. The lintels are believed to have been stolen and then sold to european merchants in the late 1960s, one was given to the museum in 1966 and the museum bought the other lintel in 1968.. Well, certainly, some big news stories around over the past few days. If you want to catch up with all the latest news from around thailand or gee a whole lot of other information, you can always do a search on our website. In the meantime, please subscribe to our youtube channel.