BANGKOK, 29 August 2014: Tourism Council of Thailand urges the government to establish a clear policy to drive the country’s tourism and rebuild tourist confidence. TCT president, Piyaman Techapaibul, said the newly appointed government should set a clear long-term policy to revive tourism after slowdown caused by political instability since late last year. “This is [...] Read more...
The Association for the Prevention of Torture has the following blurb on Pornpen Khongkachonkiet: Despite growing intimidation from authorities, Pornpen Khongkachonkiet, Director of the Cross Cultural Foundation, continues to assist marginalised communities, especially torture victims and their families in Southern Thailand, to access justice. She also supports the communities’ efforts to address the widespread culture of Read more...
BANGKOK, 28 August 2014: Kasikorn Research Centre estimates tourist arrivals from Russia will decline 5.5% to 1.65 million trips by year-end, which will seriously challenge Thailand’s tourism sector. The centre said Russia is a priority market for Thailand, ranking third after China and Malaysia. “With nearly 2 million visits a year and revenue of THB1 [...] Read more...
FT: Air Chief Marshal Prajin Juntong said a new National Reform Council would push developments including sea ports, greatly increased airport capacity and new fibre optic connections to Europe, the US and big Asian countries. … He said changes made to the democratic system would reflect the views of a “well-informed population” and promote “unity Read more...
 
A Military Court in Chiang Rai Province early this week sentenced seven anti-coup protesters to six months in jail and a fine of 10,000 baht, but since the defendants pleaded guilty, the sentences were halved and the jail terms suspended for one year. 
 
On Monday and Tuesday, the Military Court delivered verdicts in two cases. One involved three anti-coup protesters, led by Surirat Boonbuathong and the other involved four anti-coup protesters led by Songsri Khomkam. 
 
The Chiang Rai Martial Court
 
Surirat and Songsri are local red-shirt leaders in the province. 
 
They were found guilty on charges of violating martial law by holding a public assembly of more than five people.
 
On 25 May they held anti-coup activities at McDonald’s Chiang Rai Central Plaza branch, parallel to an anti-coup gathering at McDonald’s at Bangkok’s Ratchaprasong intersection.
 
Songsri led the gathering at noon. The military came and dispersed the protesters. Later in the evening, Surirat led another gathering at the fast food restaurant. 
 
Earlier Sarawut Kulmaturapot, a Chiang Rai red-shirt supporter, had been found guilty of the same charges and faced the same sentence with a suspended jail term.
 
 
The protesters gathered at the fast food restaurant, wore masks with ‘X’ and showed anti-coup placards around noon of 25 May. About 30 minutes, later the military and police officers were deployed to the McDonald’s, forcing the protesters to stop the activity. 
 
 
 
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BANGKOK, 27 August 2014: Thai Airways International will resume flights between Bangkok and Luang Prabang in Laos starting 1 October this year. The information was posted on the airline’s website without mentioning that the service was operated by THAI Smile following an inaugural flight, 15 December  2013. The service used brand-new AS320s and was the [...] Read more...