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Free food and fiery resentment at Thai protests
by Kelly MACNAMARA

BANGKOK, November 28, 2013 (AFP) - Underwear swings from washing lines near clusters of tents in the finance ministry grounds in Bangkok as food aromas and the cheerful screech of whistles fill the air. Welcome to street politics -- Thai style.

Full story: http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/685056-free-food-and-fiery-resentment-at-thai-protests/

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Protesters march on three directions

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BANGKOK: -- Anti-government protesters have started marching to the Defence and Education ministries and the National Police Office this morning.

The march to the Defence Ministry is led by Democrat MP Ms Chittapat Bhirompakdi while the second march to the Education Ministry is headed by Democrat MP Issara Somchai.

The protesters will hand out flowers to officials to give them moral support and to urge them to join their cause against the Thaksin regime. They will remain front of the ministries temporarily as a symbol of defiance against the government.

The third group to march to the National Police Office is led by the People’s Army to Topple the Thaksin regime. The group is to be joined by people from Silom community and Santi Asoke’s Dhamma Army.

Barbed wire has been placed at all entrances and exits of the National Police Office to prevent the protesters from invading the office compound.

Police have warned that any protesters who intrude into the NPO’s ground will face legal action.

(Photo Courtesy : twitter @dekdue_03)

Source: http://englishnews.thaipbs.or.th/protesters-march-three-directions/

-- KHAOSOD English 2013-11-28

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Victim’s sister laments 25-year sentence for Aldhouse Phuket murder
Phuket Gazette

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Marquis Longfellow voiced disappointment in the 25-year sentence given to the man who murdered her brother American Marine Dashawn Longfellow (pictured). Photo: Facebook

PHUKET: -- The sister of American Marine Dashawn Longfellow today lamented the 25-year jail term handed down to her brother’s killer, British national Lee Aldhouse, saying that the sentence was not long enough.

Full story: http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/685019-phuket-court-gives-pitbull-lee-aldhouse-25-years/#entry7093359

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Pheu Thai 'in dilemma' over Thaksin's shadow: Chaturon
The Nation

BANGKOK: -- Education Minister Chaturon Chaisang has admitted that the ruling Pheu Thai party is facing a dilemma regarding to the shadow of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra over the government.

Full story: http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/685059-pheu-thai-in-dilemma-over-thaksins-shadow-chaturon/

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POLITICS
Rally site at the Democracy Monument is still on : Sathit

BANGKOK: -- Sathit Wongnongtoey, a rally leader, reiterated on Thursday that the rally against Thaksin Regime and Yingluck government will continue at the Democracy Monument.


He dismissed an earlier report which quoted another rally leader Thaworn Senneam as saying that the protesters would leave their rally site at the monument on Saturday (November 30) and return to their former venue on Rajdamnoen Road for the celebration of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s birthday.

Sathit said that people could go all three rally sites; the Democracy Monument, Finance Ministry and the Government Complex.

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-- The Nation 2013-11-28

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Thai PM faces her biggest challenge
Lindsay Murdoch
SOUTH-EAST ASIA CORRESPONDENT FOR FAIRFAX MEDIA

BANGKOK: -- Protesters with little more than whistles and hand-clappers have brushed past security guards and set up camps in the seats of power across Thailand, forcing bureaucrats to flee their desks and leaving an elected government crippled.

Full story: http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/685066-thai-pm-faces-her-biggest-challenge/

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PM to go on TVs at 1:40 pm: govt spokesman

BANGKOK: -- Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra will make an announcement on TV Pool at 1:40 pm Thursday, Government Spokesman Teerat Ratanasevi said.

He said he did not know what the prime minister would announce.

An outdoor broadcasting unit of Modern Nine TV will broadcast the statement to other TV stations, the spokesman said.

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-- The Nation 2013-11-28

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Pracha confirms government offices nationwide open

BANGKOK, 28 November 2013 (NNT) - Deputy Prime Minister Police General Pracha Promnok has said that city halls in the South are open and rendering services as usual.

According to Police General Pracha Promnok, all the government's offices that were previously reported by local media to have been under siege by anti- government protesters on Wednesday are open to serve the public as usual.

He said all the 14 city halls in the southern provinces and Bangkok's government office complex as well as the Department of Special Investigation were operating as usual because those offices were able to generate their own electricity.

Pracha also confirmed that the government would not use force against the protesters, and asked Suthep Thaugsuban, who led the rally, to open talks with the government in order to solve the problem.

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THPF announces helmet loan campaign

BANGKOK, 28 Nov 2013 (NNT) - The Thai Health Promotion Foundation and Don't Drink Drive Foundation's save the riders club have initiated a campaign to lend safety helmet to young cyclists.

Secretary General of the Save the Riders Club, Medical Dr. Taejing Siripanich revealed that the objective of the campaign dubbed 'Save Heads for 30 baht' is to promote safety on the road by providing motorcycle riders with free safety helmets. He said that interested bikers only need to deposit a 30-baht insurance fee upon borrowing a helmet, and the fee will be refunded when the helmet is returned.

Dr. Taejing said that initially an insurance service provider, AIG (Thailand) Company, has provided the campaign with 4,000 helmets. He invited other interested sponsors to join the course. In addition, he said 2,000 helmets will be used in the capital's campaign, and another 2,000 in Nakhon Ratchasima.

He said parents who wish to borrow a helmet for their children can do so by taking them to the Feel Fit yard on the 3rd floor of the Future Park Shopping Complex in Pathum Thani Province on December 3rd from 11 AM onward.

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Taking their toll: New tollway projects in the works
By Coconuts Bangkok

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BANGKOK: -- A shiny new 17-kilometer tollway connecting Rama III Road to Dao Kanong and Bangkok’s outer ring road awaits final approval from the Council of Ministers, Aiyanat Thinapai, the president of Thailand’s expressway authority, said yesterday.

The construction, estimated to cost THB27 billion, will be an addition to Chaloem Maha Nakhon Expressway, passing south of the Rama IX bridge and Rama II Road to its end at the outer ring road. The tollway is intended to relieve traffic conditions on the Rama IX bridge.

Read More: http://bangkok.coconuts.co/2013/11/28/taking-their-toll-new-tollway-projects-works

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-- Coconuts Bangkok 2013-11-28

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RT@Aim_NT: PM Yingluck on tv pool 1.55pm

RT@Aim_NT: Yingluck says the government's use of peaceful way to deal with the protests does not mean failure in administration.

RT@Aim_NT: Yingluck said govt officials, regardless of their political opinions, are responsible for their duties.

RT@Aim_NT: The govt doesn't play political game. People's Assembly as called for by the protesters was not possible under the law: Yingluck.

RT@Aim_NT: Yingluck said that if the protesters agree to stop protesting, the govt will open forum for discussion.

RT@Aim_NT: That's it...

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KKTrade Analysts view overall stock exchange market's situation in Thailand is still fragile

BANGKOK, 28 Nov 2013, (NNT) - The overall stock exchange market's situation in Thailand is still fragile as a result of the current intense political tension and foreign trader's continuous sales.

According to analysts from KKTrade Security Company Limited, although the Monetary Policy Office has recently lowered the interest rate by 0.25%, down to 2.25%, which is a positive sentiment factor for the housing industry, the stock market remains fragile thanks to the country's political rift and foreign investors' continued unloading of their holdings; both of which have outweighed the positive factor.

However, the analysts viewed that the trend would not last longer than a week. If the index managed to close above 1,380 points, it would likely rise to between 1,380 1,420 points again.

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