Chiang Rai student arrested for selling Abhisit flip-flops

A student and two red shirts in Chiang Rai have been arrested for selling flip-flops printed with the face of Abhisit Vejjajiva.  This is the second time the high school student has been arrested; in July he joined four college students in staging a protest in the town against the government crackdown on the red shirts in Ratchaprasong and the Emergency Decree.

On the evening of 16 Oct, the student and two red shirts were arrested and brought to Chiang Rai Police Station for selling the flip-flops at the weekend market in the town. 

The mother of the student told reporters that in the afternoon her son and the others had sold flip-flops in front of the venue where the red shirts held their activities in Chiang Rai Rajabhat University.  She had warned her son for fear of further legal hassles, but he assured her that they had talked to the police.  There was no problem that afternoon.  However, they were later arrested at the weekend market.


'Get out! Dissolve the House!'

After the arrest she tried to talk to the police officer who made the arrest and who was the same person who had searched her house after the first arrest in July, but she was told that he had to follow orders.

Thanit Bunyanasineekasem, a local red-shirt leader who was charged by police with having masterminded the students’ protest in July, was summoned to the police station.  The other red shirt arrested was Rung Khlongsanmuang.

The three of them were released at about 11.30 pm.  The remaining 24 pairs of flip-flops were confiscated as evidence.

According to the police record, the police investigator considered that the selling of flip-flops printed with the face of the PM was improper and against the good morals of the public.  He warned the suspects to refrain from this action.  The police will conduct an investigation, and if their action is found to be against the law, the suspects will be prosecuted.       

A student and two red shirts

A student and two red shirts in Chiang Rai have been arrested for selling flip-flops printed with the face of Abhisit Vejjajiva... she tried to talk to the police officer who made the arrest... but she was told that he had to follow orders... The three of them were released at about 11.30 pm. The remaining 24 pairs of flip-flops were confiscated as evidence... the police investigator considered that the selling of flip-flops printed with the face of the PM was improper and against the good morals of the public... The police will conduct an investigation, and if their action is found to be against the law, the suspects will be prosecuted.

So a student and 2 red shirts have been arrested... charged with breaking which law, exactly?

None.

The police will now try to discover a law which those they're persecuting might be said to have broken, and if they can find one the persecution will be converted to a prosecution.

And if they cannot the police will be prosecuted? For infringement of the human and civil rights of the 3 and for theft of their merchandise?

Floods devastate Isan Severe

Floods devastate Isan

Severe flooding continues to wreak havoc in many parts of the country with the Northeast being hardest hit, particularly Nakhon Ratchasima where authorities said this is the worst flood in 50 years causing extensive damage to crops, livestock, dairy farms, housing and industrial estates.

"Rice on more than 1,000 rai in those areas is expected to be almost entirely devastated," he [Rumpuengsak Ngamrojanavanich, director for the information technology division of the Nakhon Ratchasima Chamber of Commerce] said.

The Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Co-operatives... will also consider extending a loan of up to 100,000 baht with a rate 3% lower than the normal rate to farmers.

Floods devastate Isaan every year. Let them eat mud, and pay interest.

BMA plans to build 'Bangkok Eye' on Chao Phya bank

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration plans to build a giant Ferris wheel after the famous London Eye, Deputy BMA Governor Pornthep Techapaibul said Wednesday.

The Ferris wheel would be called Bangkok Eye and would be 176 metres tall, he said.

Pornthep said the Bangkok Eye would be built on a plot on the Chao Phaya's bank and the BMA is still considering the location of the project.

He said Bangkok Eye would be built with a budget of Bt30 billion and the BMA might ask for budget from the government or seek a joint investment from a private firm.

China, Thailand foster

China, Thailand foster high-speed link

It's still unclear whether Bangkok will accept Chinese export credits or government soft loans to help fund the estimated US$10 billion railway projects. Such financing is usually conditional on accepting Chinese labor - a condition that makes sense in technically challenged countries like Laos, but less so for Thailand's more developed work force.

Noting that some 64,000 Chinese workers are working on the railroad in Laos, one State Railway of Thailand official chafed at the suggestion that even 100 Chinese engineers be dispatched to Thailand for the project.

"We're actually working to try and create jobs for Thai people and Thai engineers, to develop our own expertise," said the official. "I don't believe that [bringing Chinese workers in Thailand] will be done easily."

Abhisit and Korn see no problem.

The Chinese want to build

The Chinese want to build their railroad through Lao and Thailand!
They said Jump! The Democrats said...

Nong Khai-Padang Bezar high-speed train construction to be done in 4 years: Suthep

Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban said the construction of the Nong Khai-Bangkok-Padang Bezar high-speed train will start next year and will be completed in four years.
Suthep said he visited China to discuss the project in details on Saturday.
Suthep said the Chinese government asked him to speed up drafting conditions and seek a parliamentary approval before the contract for the construction will be signed in March or April.
Suthep said he also asked China to provide soft loan for the construction.

...how high?

I find it strange that the

I find it strange that the yellow shirts call themselves democrats and say they believe in democracy when they have a dictator for a leader and practice dictatorship. Wouldn't that make them communists making Thailand a communist state. Democracy is when you respect the rights of everyone rich or poor and support the results of an election. Not when you let the military run the country and let them decide who is in charge. The yellow shirts are disrespecting the Kings wishes to make Thailand a Democratic Monarchy. The military generals should be court martialed and shot with a firing squad for committing treason.

I certainly agree that the

I certainly agree that the coupsters must be brought to answer for their crimes in tearing up the constitution and, of course, that the constitution must be reinstated. I'll leave the punishment of the coupsters up to the Thais. A good start with military reform might be to retire all the 1000 - 2000 generals in Thailand and to put all Thai units under the command of an elected board of civilians in each Jangwat. Something radicle must be done.

I hope you don't think it's a quibble but democratic communism, although apparently untried, does not seem impossible. Fascism arises on both the left and the right once control of the state is lost to the people. I am not a great fan of any 'ism'. I'd just like us the people to decide, issue by issue, through our elected representatives or directly when we feel it's required.

I think they should sell

I think they should sell Abhisit toilet paper instead. You wouldn't have to make any other statement which could land you in trouble. Only Thai's would start using toilet paper at an alarming rate.