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Thailand’s Prime Minister celebrates his birthday with “well-wishers” who show his motorcade the three-finger greeting. The pro-democracy protesters did not hold back their discontent when his motorcade found its way to the government building. The demonstration group Dern Thalu Fah or Walk Through the Sky used loudspeakers and shouted: “Prayut, get out! Down with feudalism, long live the people! “Along with the demand for the abolition of the controversial Law on Majesty.

Pm Prayut arrived at the Government House to chair the Center for Covid-19 Situation Management meeting to take a decision on the Songkran Festival’s activities as well as new Covid-19 risk assessments for the Kingdom’s provinces.

But high-ranking military and government officials bombarded the expected meeting with best wishes for the Prime Minister, who in turn distributed amulets of Luang Pu Thuad and Ajarn Thim as well as temperature gauges to his fans.

The CCSA meeting was long awaited as its results could kick off certain activities to be planned in advance for Songkran. However, right now, the traditional activity of splashing water has been banned for the Thai New Year due to concerns about the spread of the Covid virus.

Pattaya Bar and business owners are eagerly awaiting that too CCSA’s decision whether Chon Buri Province will be downgraded to a “green” zone that would allow such facilities to remain open after midnight. In pre-Covid times, Pattaya fell under special administrative zones that allowed companies to bypass the normal law of midnight closure.

Due to the second wave of Covid and the emergency decree, businesses in the tourist-laden city had to close and owners said this had affected their revenues. With immediate effect, the CCSA has renewed the emergency decree and dashed the hopes of such bar and shop owners for later closing times.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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