Thailand: Protesters want answers from Prayut; four new Covid-19 cases - one local


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BANGKOK, Oct 24 (The Nation Thailand/ANN): Pro-democracy activist Jatupat “Pai Dao Din” Boonpatararaksa said on Saturday that the protesters gathered in front of Bangkok Remand Prison would not move, as they are waiting for Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha's answer to their demand for his resignation.

Jatupat urged pro-democracy people across the nation to create a form of rally, which would allow everyone to participate under the campaign "Prayut Kor Tong Rai, Nang Sue Kor Tong Arn, Kan Ban Kor Tong Tum" (we must cast Prayut off, read books, and finish our homework).

Pro-democracy protesters of the Ratsadon (The People) group have gathered in front of Bangkok Remand Prison in Chatuchak district since Friday afternoon, urging the authorities to release protest leaders who had been arrested and held at the prison.

The protesters also vowed to stay overnight, while deploying steel barriers on Ngamwongwan Road, blocking traffic and allowing only the vehicles of rally participants and ambulances.

Earlier on Friday, Pro-democracy protesters of the Ratsadon (The People) group had gathered in front of Bangkok Remand Prison in Chatuchak district since early evening, urging the authorities to release protest leaders who had been arrested and held at the prison.



The protesters also had vowed to stay overnight while deploying steel barriers on Ngamwongwan Road, blocking traffic and allowing only the vehicles of rally participants and ambulances.

Protest leaders took turns in giving anti-government speeches, demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and the release of arrested leaders, namely Anon Nampa, Panusaya “Rung” Sithijirawattankul, Panupong “Mike Rayong” Chadnok, Parit “Penguin” Chiwarak, Ekachai Hongkangwan, Suranat Paenprasert, Somyot Pruksakasemsuk, and Patiphan Leucha.

The protesters also stayed overnight while deploying steel barriers on Ngamwongwan Road, blocking traffic and allowing only the vehicles of rally participants and ambulances.

Meanwhile, on Saturday (Oct 24), the govt also announced here were four new Covid-19 cases over a 24-hour period, including three cases in state quarantine and a domestic infection, the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration said.



Of the three returnees, one patient, aged 38, had arrived from Austria and two, aged 26 and 38, had returned from Hong Kong. All the Thai nationals were female.

The domestic case was a 57-year-old French tourist, who visited Koh Samui in Surat Thani province with her husband and son. Koh Samui Hospital showed a positive result on Oct 21, and the result was again confirmed by the Regional Medical Sciences Centre 11 in Surat Thani on Oct 22.

However, her husband and son have tested negative. Further information on the French tourist can be checked here.

As of Saturday, the number of confirmed cases in Thailand increased to 3,731 (783 in state quarantine), 143 are in hospital, 3,529 have recovered and been discharged and 59 have died.

According to Worldometer, as of 9am on Friday, the number of confirmed global cases had risen to 42.46 million, 31.42 million have recovered, 76,477 are in serious condition and 1.14 million have died.

Thailand ranks 146th for most cases in the world.The US has the most number, with 8.74 million, followed by India (7.81 million), Brazil (5.35 million), Russia (1.48 million) and Spain (1.11 million). - The Nation Thailand/Asian News Network
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