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Foreign ministry asks foreign press to cover protests based on facts

BANGKOK, 29 November 2013 (NNT) - The Ministry of Foreign Affairs urges the foreign media to accurately report the ongoing political protests in Thailand to help stave off miscommunication and adverse effects on the Thai economy and tourism.


Spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Sek Wannamethi gave a press briefing to reporters from foreign media organizations in Thailand on Thursday. He assured them of the efficiency of government operations and confirmed the government would not resort to violence to tackle the protests.

The spokesman also informed the reporters of the countries which had issued travel warnings to discourage their citizens from traveling into the protest areas. Mr Sek stressed that the protests were only taking place in Bangkok and some parts of other provinces.

On the reporters’ concerns whether the protests might affect airport services, the spokesman assured them that all airports in Thailand still conducted normal operations.

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Protests will continue until Thaksin regime is out



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BANGKOK: -- Anti-government protests at Ratchadamnoen Avenue, the Finance Ministry and Chaeng Wattana government office complex will continue until the Thaksin regime is toppled, said Aekkanit Promphan, spokesman of the protesters Thursday.



Full story: http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/685197-protests-will-continue-until-thaksin-regime-is-out/


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China Praises Yingluck's 'Restrained' Measures
By Khaosod Online

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BANGKOK: -- The Chinese Ambassador to Thailand has praised Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra′s reluctance to employ violence against the anti-government protesters who had occupied a number of governmental buildings in Bangkok.

Full story: http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/685199-china-praises-yinglucks-restrained-measures/

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PRD establishes Hua Hin Radio in honor of HM the King

BANGKOK, 29 November 2013 (NNT) - The Public Relations Department (PRD) will very soon open a radio station in Hua Hin to be broadcasting in Thai and English, in honor of His Majesty the King on the occasion of his 86th birthday this year.

Full story: http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/685200-prd-establishes-hua-hin-radio-in-honor-of-hm-the-king/

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Defiant Thai protesters snub PM talks plea
by Apilaporn VECHAKIJ

BANGKOK, November 29, 2013 (AFP) - Thai opposition protesters rejected government talks to defuse their rallies Thursday after the prime minister called for an end to the demonstrations as she survived a no confidence vote in parliament.

Full story: http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/685202-defiant-thai-protesters-snub-pm-talks-plea/

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UPDATE:
Abhisit: Democrats will strive to oust the 'Thaksin regime'

Hataikarn Treesuwan
The Nation

BANGKOK: -- Opposition Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva yesterday insisted his party is determined to overthrow the "Thaksin regime", saying the government had lost legitimacy.

Full story: http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/685137-abhisit-democrats-determined-to-evict-thaksin-regime/page-2#entry7096101

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POLITICS
People's council not possible: PM

The Nation

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Yingluck calls for end to siege of govt offices, ready to talk to protest leader; protesters plan more marches today

BANGKOK: -- Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra yesterday rejected the anti-government protesters' demand for a "people's council", saying it was "not possible".

Full story: http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/685203-peoples-council-not-possible-pm-yingluck/

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POLITICS
Many civil servants express their support for protesters

The Nation

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BANGKOK: -- Many public officials yesterday expressed their support for the cause of the anti-government protesters and their disagreement with what the government had done, particularly the push for a blanket-amnesty law.

Full story: http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/685204-many-thai-civil-servants-express-their-support-for-ant-government-protesters/

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW
Anand calls for mutual retreat, peace talks

The Nation

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BANGKOK: -- Former prime minister Anand Panyarachun speaks to Nation Multimedia Group's editor-in-chief Thepchai Yong. The interview was conducted in Thai and translated by The Nation.

Full story: http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/685205-former-thai-pm-anand-calls-for-mutual-retreat-peace-talks-interview/

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NATION ANALYSIS
Temporary sigh of relief for PM

Somroutai Sapsomboon
Jintana Panyaarvudh
The Nation

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Yingluck may have to choose between dissolving the House or resigning

BANGKOK: -- The Pheu Thai-led government has cleared a political hurdle, with embattled Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra surviving a no-confidence vote in Parliament. But the relief will be short-lived.

Full story: http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/685206-temporary-sigh-of-relief-for-pm-yingluck-analysis/

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BURNING ISSUE
One can only hope there are no violent clashes

Samudcha Hoonsara
The Nation

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As the year nears its end, people must be getting anxious about the mass rallies at different key spots in the capital and the provinces.

BANGKOK: -- The government keeps heightening security measures as protesters step up their rallies and "civil disobedience" moves. Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra recently held an urgent meeting with the heads of different government agencies, and told them to be ready for anything.

Full story: http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/685208-one-can-only-hope-there-are-no-violent-clashes-thai-politics/

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Hundreds of curious workers at Govt Complex come out to check on the protest
Budsarakham Sinlapalawan
The Nation

BANGKOK: -- Hundreds of civil servants working at the Government Complex in Nonthaburi yesterday flocked to observe the "anti-Thaksin regime" protest on the second day of the protesters' occupation of the complex.

Full story: http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/685209-hundreds-of-curious-workers-at-thai-govt-complex-come-out-to-check-on-the-protest/

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Young people's attitudes toward people with HIV changing
TANPISIT LERDBUMRUNGCHAI
THE NATION

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BANGKOK: -- Though the attitude among Thai teenagers toward those living with Aids was previously quite negative, a recent interview of high-school students in greater Bangkok revealed that many had changed their minds and were becoming more positive. In addition, many teens also had a better understanding of safe sex, though many admitted that they still felt embarrassed when buying prophylactics.

Full story: http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/685210-young-thai-peoples-attitudes-toward-people-with-hiv-changing/

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Cooler weather, high winds predicted for next week
The Nation

BANGKOK: -- As per the latest weather forecast from the Meteorological Department, temperatures should go down by 5 to 7 degrees Celsius and conditions will likely be windy in the North, Northeast, Central region and East until Tuesday.

Heavy rain has also been predicted for the South, particularly in the provinces of Chumphon, Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phatthalung, Songkhla, Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat. Waves in the lower Gulf area are also expected to be about three to five metres high, hence boats in coastal provinces from Chumphon downward are advised to stay ashore, the department said.

Meanwhile, the Surat Thani Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Office reported that 24,025 residents in eight districts had been affected by severe flooding from last Saturday to yesterday. The floods have claimed one life, and ruined 35 homes and 1,700 rai of farmland, with damages initially estimated at Bt35 million. With some areas still flooded, Surat Thani authorities are now monitoring low-lying areas along the Tapi River, especially Phrasaeng, Ban Na San and Khien Sa districts, as the river has been rising due to run-offs from Nakhon Si Thammarat and Krabi.

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-- The Nation 2013-11-29

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