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Over 150 policemen fall sick at protest site

BANGKOK: -- Over 150 policemen deployed at Ratchadamnoen Avenue to deal with the protesters have fallen sick.

Most of them were being diagnosed of being sick from high blood pressure, cold and sore throats from being over-exposed to rains and sunlight and skin diseases.

Meanwhile on Wednesday, police erected a five-metre high mesh net along the length of the concrete barrier to prevent missiles and bombs from being thrown at the police by troublemakers or protesters.

Two pingpong bombs were thrown at the barrier in the evening and exploded. There were no injuries however, but a few cars were slightly damaged.

The number of protesters at Ratchadamnoen Avenue dropped substantially Wednesday as many of them had scattered to seize hold of several ministries and the government office complex at Chaeng Wattana.

Source: http://englishnews.thaipbs.or.th/150-policemen-fall-sick-protest-site/

-- Thai PBS 2013-11-28

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Ambassador: British travelers consider Thailand a year-round tourist destination

BANGKOK, Thailand - Britain’s Ambassador to Thailand Mark Kent has welcomed news that UK tourists now consider Thailand as a year-round holiday destination.

Full story: http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/684947-ambassador-kent-british-travelers-consider-thailand-a-year-round-tourist-destination/

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Police cars blocked as Suthep sounds alarm
The Nation

BANGKOK: -- Anti-government protest leaders on Tuesday night mobilised supporters to gather at the Finance Ministry to protect Suthep Thaugsuban - who resigned as an MP to head the rallies - after he announced that he had heard police were on their way there to arrest him.

Protesters temporarily seized 18 police vehicles at a petrol station in Sam Sen, mistakenly believing they comprised a task force that was on its way to arrest Suthep.

Hundreds of protesters surrounded the vehicles after they stopped to refuel on Rama VI Road. They blocked the officers from leaving the station and let the air out of the cars' tyres.

Pol Lt-Colonel Chaipol Pholyiem, a deputy superintendent at Kaset Wisai Police Station in Roi Et province, explained to the protesters that they were off-duty and on their way to the police station at the Dusit Zoo. The protesters agreed to let them leave.

At around 11pm on Tuesday, the protesters used cars to close off the expressway exit on Rama VI for fear that police would move to attack the rally. The exit was cleared by yesterday morning.

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-- The Nation 2013-11-28

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RALLY
Court to consider arrest warrants for SRT leaders

The Nation

BANGKOK: -- The Criminal Court will hold a hearing on whether to issue arrest warrants for four leaders of the Students and People's Network for Thailand's Reform (SRT) next Monday.

At the hearing, the court will also listen to their lawyer who is seeking to prevent the issuance of the arrest warrants.

Police are seeking arrest warrants for SRT leaders, which include Nitithorn Lamlua and Uthai Yodmanee, over charges of organising an illegal assembly involving more than 10 people and breaking into a government agency at night.

According to police, they raided the Foreign Ministry and damaged four automatic sliding doors.

Meanwhile, the court issued an arrest warrant for key protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban.

Separately, the Civil Court yesterday refused to issue an injunction ordering protesters occupying the Finance Ministry's compound since Monday to leave.

The court reasoned that it did not have to issue an injunction as requested by the Finance Ministry because the government had already invoked the Internal Security Act.

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-- The Nation 2013-11-28

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Joint parliamentary meeting cancelled
The Nation

BANGKOK: -- A joint meeting of parliament scheduled for today has been cancelled, government chief whip Amnuay Khlangpha said yesterday.

This will appease the opposition's fears that the government could push for a vote for an amendment to Article 291 of the Constitution in the third reading if the joint meeting were convened.

In addition, Norarut Pimsen, the secretary general of the Senate, has ordered the postponement of the examination to select staff to work as parliamentary officers to an as yet undetermined date and time.

The new schedules will be posted on the Senate's website, www.senate.go.th, on December 13, the announcement said.

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-- The Nation 2013-11-28

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Huge crowd shuts down water-plan forum
Suttipong Settharangsee,
Kampanart Khantrakool ,Saichon Srinuanchan
Wattanapon Matcha
The Nation

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BANGKOK: -- MORE THAN 10,000 PEOPLE showed up at a public forum on the government's Bt350-billion water-management scheme yesterday to express their opposition, bringing the meeting to a quick end.

Full story: http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/684952-ratchaburi-huge-crowd-shuts-down-water-plan-forum/

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Concerned by rising political tensions in Bangkok, UN chief calls on all sides to refrain from violence, resolve differences through dialogue /MCOT


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Many THAI staffs expected to join anti-govt protests Nov.28-29 after State Enterprises Labour Relations approved 2-work leave days /The Nation

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Police predict fewer protesters at rally sites
By English News

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BANGKOK, Nov 28 – Police continued convincing demonstrators to leave the Finance Ministry but anti-government protesters announced that they would seize three more state buildings today, according to the National Police chief.

Full story: http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/685008-thai-police-predict-fewer-protesters-at-rally-sites/

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Tourism Council of Thailand projects ongoing political unrest to push down tourism by 10% this quarter /The Nation

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