Thai PM imposes lockdown restrictions in 28 “Red Zone” provinces from Monday

A set of lockdown measures, which include travel restrictions, voluntary working from home, school closures, a ban on serving alcohol in restaurants and on all crowd-attracting activities, especially in 28 provinces declared as Red Zones, will come into force tomorrow (Monday).

Invoking the Emergency Decree, Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha imposed eight preventive measures, aimed at curbing the current and relentless surge of COVID-19 infections in the country.

There is a ban on the use of all buildings or premises, deemed to be at risk of spreading the contagion, for teaching, examinations, training or other activities which would bring people together, except for official and charitable activities.

People living in the Red Zo

Restaurant association to ask Thai PM not to ban customers from dining-in

The Association of Thai Restaurants is against a measure, proposed by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA), banning customers from dining in restaurants and food shops, claiming that this will further damage the business and force more redundancies.

The association’s president, Thaneewan Kulmonkol, said today (Saturday) that they are sending an open letter to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, urging him to reconsider the ban, which she claims could cause about 100 billion baht in damage to the restaurant sector and related businesses, such as farming.

The measure calls for takeaway services only by restaurants and food shops.

In the letter, the association say that many employees, who were laid off last year when the same measure w

PM urges Thai people not to panic in wake of new wave of COVID-19 infections

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha today called on the Thai people not to be panic over what he described as a new wave of COVID-19 infections and to keep themselves informed with updates from the CCSA and state agencies about the virus situation.

In his Facebook post today, the prime minister urged people not to lower their guard and to wear face masks at all times while outdoors, to maintain social distancing, wash their handsfrequently and, importantly, scan the Thai Chana application every time they enter and exit a public venue.

Stressing the need to contain the latest outbreak as quickly as possible, the prime minister said that Thailand has experience in coping with the pandemic, has a strong public health infrastructure and good cooperation

PM presides over the launch of the Bangkok’s first electric boat service

Bangkok’s canal commuters will be treated to six-months of free rides on the city’s new electric boat service along Khlong Padung Krung Kasem. The service was officially launched today by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA).

The launch ceremony, which took place this morning at the Hua Lamphong pier, was presided over by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha. The prime minister, several cabinet ministers and city officials took a ride the boats after the opening ceremony.

Seven electric boats, each equipped with 12 solar panels, with reserve energy stored in batteries, will be put into service on Khlong Padung Krung Kasem. Each boat has 30 seats, including one for a wheel chair. The maximum speed ranges between 10and 15km per hour.

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PM says special law not needed to deal with protests, just strict law enforcement

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said today that there is no need for a special law, to deal with the ongoing protests, which, he admitted, have impacted the country’s stability and foreign investor confidence in the country.

He noted, however, that there is a need to enforce laws strictly, in the wake of escalating violence associated with the protests.

The prime minister held a closed door meeting today, with the national police chief and other senior police officers, to discuss measures to ensure safety and fairness for all protest groups, as anti-establishment Khana Ratsadon plans to stage a mass rally at Ratchaprasong intersection this evening.

Regarding the protesters’ repeated demands for his resignation, the prime mini

Thai PM vows not to stop protesters from marching to Government House

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said today (Monday) that he will not stop protesting students from marching to Government House on September 20th, as their leaders intend, but questioned the appropriateness of such an action.

He said, however, that it would be unfair to him if the protesting students were to accuse the Government of harassment if they break the law and authorities take legal action against them for doing so.

The Prime Minister reiterated that he has instructed authorities to ensure the safety of the protesters and to prevent ill-intentioned elements exploiting the protest for political gain.

He went on to say that he will not pressure the Thammasat University administration over their decision to ban or to allow the students to

Thailand’s PM asks police to not use force against Free People protesters

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has instructed police to exercise restraint in response to any provocation by anti-government protesters, most of whom are university students, and to refrain from using force against them.

The Prime Minister’s instruction came ahead of rallies, planned by rival groups, the “Network of Vocational Students” and the “Free People Movement”, at the Democracy Monument today.
A deputy government spokesperson said today that the Prime Minister also thanked the police for their role in ensuring peace and order at the protest site.

The rival groups showed up at the Democracy Monument in Bangkok this morning, ahead of schedule, reportedly to seize the advantage of space to stage their rallies. The two sides

Thailand’s PM to open a forum for students to air their political views

A student holds up a sign alleging the Thai government involvement in the 1MBD scandal at a pro-democracy rally against the military government, at Thammasat University in Bangkok on February 26, 2020. – Thai students held rare flashmob protests on February 26 as anger at the dissolution of a stridently-anti military opposition party bubbled in a kingdom with a long history of street politics. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

The Government is ready to hold a forum, tentatively in mid-August, to allow student activists to voice their political views and grievances, said Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha today (Tuesday).

He added that similar

PM uncomfortable with the prosecutor’s decision to drop Red Bull heir case

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is reported to be uncomfortable with the widespread public criticism of the decision, by public prosecutors, not to pursue the case against Red Bull heir Vorayuth Yoovidhya over the hit-and-run case, in which a serving police officer was killed.

Government spokesperson Mrs. Narumon Pinyosinwat said today (Monday) that the Prime Minister has denied any involvement or interference with the prosecutors’ handling of the case, as is being implied by some critics.

She said he has ordered authorities concerned to investigate the case from the very beginning, to find the truth, to ensure fairness to all parties concerned, and to allay public doubts about the prosecutors’ controversial decision.

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