Undaunted by the October 16 crackdown, protestors once again take to Bangkok’s streets
Thousands gathered in Bangkok in an anti-dictatorship protest despite the prohibition on mass gathering. Photo from PrachataiThe original version of this article was published by Prachatai, an independent news site in Thailand, and was edited and republished by Global Voices as part of a content-sharing agreement.The October 16 police crackdown on protesters in Bangkok has not deterred the people’s will to express their opposition to dictatorship and criticize the monarchy. Instead, Thai demonstrators have shifted from communal protests to mobile leaderless ones.Protesters turned up at many BT...
Police defend Pathumwan crackdown
Police defend Pathumwan crackdown ‘International standards’ followed and water from cannon contained no harmful chemicalsPolice have defended the dispersal of anti-government demonstrators at the Pathumwan intersection in Bangkok on Friday night, saying they followed international standards for crowd control and that water sprayed from cannons did not contain dangerous chemicals.No dangerous weapons were used in the operation against a crowd of around 2,000, said Pol Maj Gen Yingyos Thepchamnong, spokesman for the Royal Thai Police.He stressed that officers did not want to do anything that wou...
The Bangkok Post
Ratchaprasong jittery over protests
Ratchaprasong jittery over protests Retailers close early, shore up securityBig shopping malls in the middle of Bangkok’s main shopping district are bracing for another whammy on top of the deadly Covid-19 crisis after anti-government demonstrators on Thursday gathered at Ratchaprasong intersection, the site of a major crackdown in 2010 that ended with scores of people killed.CentralWorld, Siam Paragon, Siam Center, Siam Discovery, The Market and Big C Supercenter on Thursday gradually closed some entrances of their complexes, which are sensitive to the protests, while many luxury shops at Sia...
The Bangkok Post
Warrants out for two in royal motorcade incident
Warrants out for two in royal motorcade incident Government House rally leaders also denied bailCourts have approved arrest warrants for two activists believed to have been among the protesters when the Queens’s motorcade passed by on Phitsanulok Road on Wednesday afternoon and denied bail for five Khana Ratsadon rally leaders held during a crackdown that night.The Criminal Court on Thursday approved the arrest warrants for activists Ekkachai Hongkangwan and Boonkueanoon Paothong for serious charges under Section 110 of the Criminal Code.The pair were believed to have been among the protesters...
The Bangkok Post
Campaigns sidestep Cambridge Analytica crackdown with new methods
Washington (AFP) - "Your early vote has not been recorded," one text message said, with a link for more information.Other messages tell voters they are not registered, or offer unverified information about a political opponent.Fraudulent messages like these are drawing attention as political campaigns ramp up data collection and voter targeting using their own technology to circumvent restrictions imposed by social media platforms following the Cambridge Analytica scandal.Facebook barred apps which scraped data on users and their contacts after revelations about the now-defunct British consult...
Amnesty International concerned about Egypt’s crackdown on press freedom
Amnesty International has expressed its concerns on Wednesday over what it called “the continuous crackdown on press freedom” in Egypt, due to at least five journalists being arrested since last September.This came via the organisation’s Twitter account, the day after the release of a journalist who was arrested for four days while covering protests that erupted after a young man was shot dead by security forces in Luxor governorate.Amnesty International tweeted: “The organisation expresses its grave concern over the ongoing attacks on press freedoms in Egypt, as at least five journalists have...
The Middle East Monitor
France to restrict home schooling in crackdown on Islamism
French President Emmanuel Macron says that home schooling will be massively restricted as part of a series of measures to crack down on Islamism.From next year attendance at school will be obligatory for all children apart from exceptional cases such as where home schooling is necessary for health reasons, Macron says.Macron says that authorities have repeatedly discovered underground schools where prayers are held during the school day and staff wear the niqab or face veil.Schools must "train citizens, not believers," he adds.
BIR starts crackdown on unregistered online businesses
The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) starting today will go after unregistered online businesses despite the challenges posed by the lack of physical addresses and possibly even financial documents to audit.The BIR no longer extended the Sept. 30 deadline for online-based enterprises to register as taxpayers, which had been prolonged by two more months from the original July 31 cutoff date as the taxman took into consideration the difficulty to visit their offices amid quarantine movement restrictions.Internal Revenue Deputy Commissioner Arnel Guballa told the Inquirer that at least 7,262 web...
Philippines Daily Inquirer
Beijing’s crackdown on religious minorities takes aim at 10,000 Muslim Utsuls
While China’s oppressive measures against Uighur Muslims in the Xinjiang region has garnered international attention, Beijing has begun expanding its surveillance of another Muslim minority: the Utsuls of Hainan Island. But efforts to crack down on the peaceful religious minority could backfire and push it to radicalisation, experts warn.Uighurs are no longer the only Muslim minority falling under Beijing’s watchful eye. Even as the international community continues to condemn human rights violations in the western region of Xinjiang province, Chinese authorities are now launching a similar cr...
US-based Egyptian filmmaker detained in Egypt in 'outrageous' crackdown on artistic freedom
Thedetentionof a 22-year-old Egyptian filmmaker on allegedly "illegitimate charges" has prompted stinging condemnation from human rights groups and spreadfear for his well-beingless than five months after thedeath of filmmaker Shady Habashbehind bars.Egypt authorities arrested Mustafa Ali Hassanien, who had been studying at CUNY College of Staten Island in the US, on 14 May at Cairo airport as he was returned to the country for a family visit.Since then he has been held in pre-trial detention and faces a handful of charges that rights groups say are politically motivated and are retribution fo...